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September 18, 2014

ZeoGas (Houston) has hired Foster Wheeler to help plan a gas-to-gasoline plant that will be built on the US Gulf Coast. The new plant will employ Air Liquide’s 5,000-m.t./day MegaMethanol technology to convert natural gas to synthesis gas and then to methanol, which will be converted to gasoline using ExxonMobil’s methanol-to-gasoline technology.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/ZeoGas-hires-Foster-Wheeler-to-plan-Gulf-Coast-gas-to-gasoline-project_63887.html
September 17, 2014
Shell Chemicals says it will rebuild the MSPO-2 propylene oxide–styrene monomer (POSM) plant at the company's Moerdijk, Netherlands, facility. In a statement issued on 17 September, Shell says it has determined the cause of an explosion that destroyed the plant in June and that it “is convinced that a similar incident can be prevented from occurring again in the future.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene_oxide/Shell-to-rebuild-Moerdijk-POSM-plant_63866.html
September 16, 2014
The Baltic Gas Chemical Co. has concluded preliminary geological investigations at a site in the Leningrad region of Russia, where it plans to build an export-oriented methanol...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Russian-firm-plans-export-oriented-methanol-complex-in-Leningrad-region_63844.html
September 16, 2014
Sibur (Moscow), Russia’s largest petrochemical company, said today that, following the completion of the front-end engineering design (FEED) contracts and assessment of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sibur-proceeds-with-$9-5-billion-petchem-project-at-Tobolsk_63837.html
September 11, 2014
Vung Ro Petroleum (VRP; Tuy Hoa, Vietnam) has broken ground on a previously announced refinery and petrochemical complex, and seaport development, at Hoa Tam industrial zone in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Reports-Vietnam-firm-breaks-ground-on-$4-billion-refinery-petrochemical-complex_63724.html
September 11, 2014
BASF has started up a butadiene extraction plant at the company's Antwerp complex, the company announced today. The plant has an annual production capacity of 155,000 m.t. It is...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/BASF-starts-up-155000-m-tyear-butadiene-unit-at-Antwerp_63718.html
September 11, 2014
Vencorex, a joint venture in which PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok) holds 85% and Perstorp 15%, said today that it plans to convert its diaphragm process chlor-alkali plant at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Vencorex-to-convert-chlorine-plant-in-France-to-membrane-technology_63720.html
September 10, 2014
KBR said today that it has been awarded a contract by the Algerian fertilizer producer Fertial to provide licensing and engineering design services to revamp Fertial’s ammonia...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/KBR-awarded-contract-to-revamp-two-ammonia-plants-in-Algeria_63703.html
September 9, 2014
Industrial action is disrupting production at AkzoNobel's chlor-alkali plant at Botlek, Netherlands, in the port of Rotterdam. The plant forms part of a large cluster of units operated...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Industrial-action-disturbs-AkzoNobels-chlor-alkali-production-at-Botlek_63678.html
September 9, 2014
Coca-Cola is making an additional investment in the development and commercialization of Virent's (Madison, WI) registered biobased para-xylene (p-xylene), BioFormPX, Virent announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/paraxylene/Coca-Cola-invests-to-help-Virent-scale-up-biobased-p-xylene_63675.html
September 8, 2014
KBR today confirmed that it has been awarded a contract for a new grassroots urea facility being built by Koch Nitrogen Co. at Enid, OK. The reimbursable contract covers engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/KBR-confirms-urea-contract-award-by-Koch-Nitrogen_63580.html
September 8, 2014
EU regulations and increased M&A activity will likely close older plants and continue consolidation in Europe's chlorvinyls industry, according to a new analysis from IHS Chemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/IHS-Regulation-and-M-and-A-activity-reshaping-Europes-chlorvinyls-industry_63657.html
September 5, 2014
CHS (St. Paul), a farmer-owned cooperative, announced today that it will construct a nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing plant at Spiritwood, ND. The board approved plans for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Farmer-co-op-CHS-to-build-$3-billion-nitrogen-fertilizer-plant-in-North-Dakota_63640.html
September 4, 2014
At a meeting held on 3 September, the board of directors of Advanced Petrochemical Co. (Al Jubail) approved the company’s equity investment in a previously announced propane...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Advanced-Petrochemical-approves-PDH-investment-in-South-Korea_63636.html
September 4, 2014
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (Houston) has agreed to acquire Chevron Petrochemical Pipeline, which owns the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system, for $295 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter, Boardwalk says....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Boardwalk-to-acquire-Evangeline-ethylene-pipeline-for-$295-million_63623.html
September 3, 2014
Solvay says it will shut down its adipic acid and KA-oil (Olone) manufacturing plant at Chalampé, France for maintenance for six weeks in September and October. Manufacturing...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/adipic_acid/Solvay-shuts-down-adipic-acid-plant-at-Chalampe-for-maintenance_63616.html
September 3, 2014
EuroChem (Moscow), a top ten global fertilizer company, today announced that it has signed a loan facility with a syndicate of banks to finance its Usolskiy potash project. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/EuroChem-secures-$750-million-financing-for-potash-project_63611.html
September 3, 2014
Invista Technologies (St. Gallen, Switzerland) says it has licensed Invista’s R²R technology to Ariha Chemicals (Mumbai). Ariha plans to build the first standalone facility based on R²R, a technology for recovering byproducts from the waste stream of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) production....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/Invista-licenses-R2R-technology-to-Ariha-for-new-standalone-facility_63596.html
September 3, 2014
Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Co. (Echem) says feasibility studies for a $1.5-billion propylene project at Alexandria, Egypt, and three other chemical projects, will be completed by 2015, according to a report in Daily News Egypt....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Report-Echem-studying-$1-5-billion-propylene-project-in-Egypt_63583.html
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