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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
June 18, 2015
Cepsa (Madrid) expects to be back at normal operating rates at its phenol and acetone production unit at Huelva, Spain by July although a force majeure on these products remains...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetone/Cepsa-expects-phenol-acetone-production-at-Spanish-site-to-return-to-normal-by-July_71435.html
June 17, 2015
Axiall (Atlanta) and Lotte Chemical (Seoul) have settled on arrangements for a joint venture to build and operate a 1 million m.t./year ethane cracker in Louisiana. The partners expect later this year to make a final investment decision on the project, which was first announced in February 2014....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Axiall-and-Lotte-advance-US-cracker-plans_71420.html
June 17, 2015
Propylene inventories were higher in the United States during the week ended 12 June, according to data released Wednesday by the Energy Information Administration. Propane/propylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Propylene-stocks-stable-to-higher-in-US-last-week_71401.html
June 17, 2015
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, said on Wednesday that it will postpone maintenance on several of its manufacturing plants from 1 October this year to 30 March 2016. The company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_glycol/Saudi-Kayan-postpones-major-maintenance-work-to-next-year_71406.html
June 17, 2015
Overall styrene inventories in eastern China rebounded this week to about 55,000 m.t. from 50,000 m.t. last week, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. The inventory was estimated about...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrene-inventories-in-eastern-China-rebound-from-last-week_71394.html
June 17, 2015
South Korea's exports of benzene were less than half in the first half of June compared with the whole of May, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. About 100,000 m.t. of benzene were...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/South-Korea-exports-in-first-half-June-less-than-50-percent-of-the-benzene-volume-shipped-in-the-whole-of-May_71387.html
June 17, 2015
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (Houston) says that its Evangeline ethylene pipeline is expected to resume partial commercial operations today and full commercial operations on 17 June at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Boardwalk-to-resume-full-commercial-operations-on-Evangeline-pipeline-this-week_71378.html
June 16, 2015
AkzoNobel and Evonik Industries on Tuesday confirmed plans announced in 2014 that they will build and operate a membrane electrolysis facility for chlorine and potassium hydroxide...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/AkzoNobel-and-Evonik-proceed-with-chlor-alkali-investment-in-Germany_71348.html
June 16, 2015
Borealis has declared force majeure on phenol and acetone supply from the company's Porvoo,  Finland site, effective 15 June and until further notice, the company has confirmed to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetone/Borealis-declares-force-majeure-on-phenol-acetone-from-Finnish-site_71372.html
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