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June 24, 2015
Overall styrene inventories in eastern China fell to about 51,000 m.t. this week from the mid-50,000s m.t. in the previous week, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. Among the factors...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrene-inventories-fall-in-eastern-China-on-downstream-demand_71562.html
June 24, 2015
An 18-wheeler truck rig collided with an above-ground section of pipeline in Houston on 22 June, resulting in the release of propylene after transfer of material ownership to Shell...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Truck-collision-with-Houston-pipeline-causes-propylene-release_71554.html
June 24, 2015
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), the leading global potash fertilizer player, has confirmed that it is looking at whether it should remain listed on the London Stock Exchange. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-confirms-possible-delisting-of-shares_71563.html
June 23, 2015
Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals (Pune, India) has resumed production of ammonium nitro phosphate (ANP) fertilizers at its plant in Taloja, India, using liquefied natural gas...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Deepak-Fertilisers-resumes-producing-ANP-fertilizer-at-Taloja-using-LNG_71526.html
June 23, 2015
Unconfirmed reports in Moscow say that Uralkali (Berezniki), the world’s largest potash producer and recently subject to much controversy, is preparing to delist from the stock...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-to-merge-with-Uralchem-to-form-a-fertilizer-giant_71539.html
June 23, 2015

Shell has received an air-quality permit to build the company's planned Appalachian petrochemical project at Monaca, PA, from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Shell’s plans call for a 1.5-million m.t./year ethylene plant and derivative units, with startup slated for 2019.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-receives-air-permit-for-Appalachian-ethylene-project_71520.html
June 22, 2015
Highfield Resources (Pamplona, Spain) has added a large exploration target for the northwestern extension of its flagship potash project at Muga, Spain, that the company says could...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Highfield-adds-substantial-exploration-target-to-potash-project-in-Spain_71506.html
June 20, 2015
ICL (Tel Aviv) said on Friday that its ICL Fertilizers unit signed several contracts for the supply of a combined 835,000 m.t. of potash to its customers in India, including options...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/ICL-signs-contracts-to-supply-potash-fertilizer-to-India_71474.html
June 19, 2015
US styrene producers in Louisiana may start seeing some relief on feedstock supply as ethylene suppliers bring production back up. Williams Partners’ (Tulsa, OK) said 19 June...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/US-styrene-supply-expected-to-rebound-as-ethylene-units-come-back_71480.html
June 19, 2015
Williams Partners' (Tulsa, OK) olefins plant at Geismar, LA, is approaching its full, expanded production rate, Williams has announced. The plant’s ethylene production rate was...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-Geismar-olefins-plant-achieves-87-percent-of-expanded-production-rate_71466.html
June 18, 2015
Technip on Friday confirmed that in a consortium with PetroVietnam Technical Services Corp., it has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contract by...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Technip-confirms-ammonia-revamp-contract-in-Vietnam_71460.html
June 18, 2015
CF Industries (Deerfield, IL) plans to debottleneck the urea plant at the Courtright nitrogen complex in Sarnia, ON, beginning later this year. The company expects to complete the project in the fourth quarter of 2017 for a cost of $85 million. CF says the investment will increase production capacity at Courtright for urea-based products such as diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), granular urea, and urea liquor by 130,000 m.t./year....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/CF-Industries-plans-$85-million-urea-debottlenecking-at-Sarnia_71459.html
June 18, 2015
Canpotex (Saskatoon) says it has hired National Steel Car of Hamilton, ON, to manufacture 700 railcars designed to transport potash from Saskatchewan to coastal ports. The company puts the value of its investment in the railcars at C$70 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Canpotex-places-order-for-700-railcars-to-transport-potash_71456.html
June 18, 2015
Boardwalk Pipeline confirmed today that its Evangeline ethylene pipeline was back at full operations. The return to full operations was in line with the timeframe laid out earlier...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Boardwalk-at-full-operations-on-Evangeline-Pipeline_71457.html
June 18, 2015
PBF Energy (Parsipanny, NJ) has agreed to acquire Chalmette Refining, a 189,000 bbl/day refinery in Chalmette, LA, for $322 million from ExxonMobil and PDVSA, which operate the business as a 50/50 joint venture. The deal, which is expected to close by the end of 2015, includes logistics infrastructure and facilities for the production of aromatics and propylene....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/PBF-Energy-acquires-Chalmette-Refining-for-$322-million_71455.html
June 18, 2015
A consortium comprising the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and leading international investors, have agreed to invest in the development of ZapSibNeftekhim, Sibur’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sibur-secures-funds-for-its-largest-petchems-project-planned-at-Tobolsk_71453.html
June 18, 2015
DuSolo Fertilizers (Vancouver, BC), a producer and distributor of phosphate fertilizers within the Cerrado region of Brazil, one of the fasting-growing agricultural producing regions...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/DuSolo-reaches-production-capacity-at-Bomfim-phosphate-fertilizer-plant_71430.html
June 18, 2015
The toluene arbitrage window has been open this week for shipment from Asia and Europe to the United States, but most traders have been unwilling or unable to take advantage of it...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/toluene/Toluene-arbitrage-to-US-remains-open-but-interest-is-low_71443.html
June 18, 2015
Japan’s production of benzene, toluene, and xylenes—down 7%, 19%, and 6% from April, respectively—fell for a second month running in May, the Japan Petrochemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Japan-produces-less-aromatics-for-a-second-month-running-in-May_71428.html
June 18, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals plans to restart its olefins conversion unit at Osaka at the beginning of July, the company says. The unit was shut on 1 June because of a lack of feedstock, and the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Mitsui-targets-restart-of-Osaka-propylene-unit-in-early-July_71424.html
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