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September 21, 2015
The US September propylene contract settled at a decline of 3 cents per pound on Friday, on the back of ample supply and weak crude futures. As a result, the decline took the...
September 17, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) says that BP’s plan to lay off up to 26 hourly workers at its Texas City, TX, facility is a negotiating tactic aimed at reducing severance costs and pushing consolidated operation of the PX-2 and -3 para-xylene units once the PX-1 unit is permanently shut down. The layoffs would not meet conditions set by the National Oil Bargaining pattern agreement, USW says....
September 17, 2015
Excess length in Europe’s acetone market has begun to impact the aromatics sector as phenol-acetone producers have been forced to cut operations in an attempt to improve...
September 17, 2015
Inovyn, the equally owned chlorvinyls joint venture between Ineos and Solvay, plans to close its mercury cell chlorine plant, the J Unit, at Runcorn, UK, “at the earliest...
September 18, 2015
Sabic’s 195,000-m.t./year cyclohexane unit at Wilton, UK, will close at the start of 2017 because a change in the feedslate of the accompanying steam cracker will end benzene...
September 16, 2015
Chlor-alkali company Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. (MVC; Makati City, Philippines) has informed the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) that Tosoh, on 14 September, acquired a total of 317,779,029...
September 16, 2015
Shell Chemicals on Wednesday commissioned a 140,000-m.t./year high-purity ethylene oxide (HPEO) and 140,000-m.t./year ethoxylates facilities in Singapore. The projects more than...
September 16, 2015
BP has confirmed that the company is permanently shutting down an idle para-xylene (p-xylene) unit at Texas City, TX.  BP also plans to lay off 36 staff....
September 15, 2015
Olin says its shareholders have “overwhelmingly” approved issuing the additional shares necessary to complete the company’s merger with Dow Chemical’s US chlor-alkali and vinyl, worldwide chlorinated organics, and worldwide epoxy businesses....
September 15, 2015
Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract by Yuhuang Chemical Inc. (YCI), a US-based subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical, for its first major project in the United States, a...
September 24, 2015
Gazprom Export (Moscow) and Azerbaijan Methanol Co. (AzMeCo) have signed an agreement for Gazprom to supply gas feedstock to AzMeCo’s methanol plant. The deal was signed in Baku...
September 14, 2015
Elenilto (London), an exploration and production company, says that it has been selected by the government of Togo to develop a $1.4-billion phosphate mining and fertilizers project in...
September 14, 2015
A groundbreaking ceremony for a large potash mine being built by Vinachem in Nongbok District, Khammouane Province, Laos, was held on Sunday with the participation of Vietnam’s...
September 14, 2015
Yara International said on Monday that it has preliminarily decided to halt developing its Sokli phosphate mining project in Finland. Yara inherited the project when it acquired the...
September 14, 2015
Despite September approaching its mid-point, the monthly Europe para-xylene (p-xylene) contract price remains unsettled with producers and consumers seemingly unable to come to an...
September 14, 2015
Euro Chlor (Brussels), the European chlor-alkali industry association, held its annual general meeting in Brussels on Friday. Speakers gave an update on issues facing the industry...
September 13, 2015
Abbas Sha’ri Moqaddam, managing director of the National Petrochemical Co. (NPC; Tehran) says the company plans to build a gas-to-propylene (GTP) plant with the help of an...
September 13, 2015
A ground-breaking ceremony took place on Friday in the presence of Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for a Belarusian potash project launched by Slavkali, a company owned by...
September 10, 2015
Propylene stock movements were mixed in the first week of September, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Propane-propylene stocks were rounded at...
September 10, 2015
Europe's September ortho-xylene (o-xylene) contract has settled at €700/m.t., a decrease of $100/m.t. from the August settlement. September’s decrease is much sharper than...
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