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October 10, 2014
The huge buildup of shale-based petrochemical capacity in the United States later this decade will trigger substantial exports of cost-advantaged ethylene derivatives to Europe and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/EPCA-2014-How-Europes-petchem-industry-can-stay-competitive_64287.html
October 10, 2014
Versalis (Milan) has confirmed plans to enhance the feedstock flexibility of the company's Dunkirk, France, steam cracker to enable the plant to consume low-cost ethane imported from...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/EPCA-2014-Versalis-confirms-conversion-of-Dunkirk-cracker-to-consume-US-ethane_64280.html
October 10, 2014
Acron (Velikiy Novgorod), a leading Russian producer of fertilizers,has clarified reports about its discussions with India. Acron's chairman, Alexandr Popov told the Russian news...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/India-eyeing-stake-in-Acrons-potash-project-Update_64365.html
October 9, 2014
Ineos has abandoned plans to build an ethylene oxide-ethylene glycol (EO-EG) facility at its Battleground manufacturing complex at La Porte, TX. No other sites are being considered, says the company....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_glycol/Ineos-cancels-Battleground-EO-EG-project_64398.html
October 9, 2014
Canpotex (Saskatoon, SK), a potash export cartel, says that it is expanding its potash export facility at the Port of Portland’s (Portland, OR) marine terminal 5. Canpotex...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Canpotex-to-expand-Portland-potash-export-terminal_64366.html
October 9, 2014
Europe's styrene monomer market is facing supply constraints and a potential price spike. Europe's spot styrene prices have risen sharply since an 2 October close of $1,515-1,530/m.t...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Supply-constraints-tightening-styrene-but-demand-remains-weak_64378.html
October 9, 2014
ExxonMobil's aromatics complex at Botlek, Netherlands will undergo a six-week planned turnaround starting this week, according to market sources. ExxonMobil had not replied to IHS...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Sources-ExxonMobil-aromatics-plant-at-Botlek-to-undergo-six-week-planned-turnaround_64379.html
October 9, 2014
The Indian Fertilizer Ministry (New Delhi) has devised a new urea investment policy aimed at speeding up expansion of the sector and, at the same time, avoiding duplication and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/India-devises-new-urea-investment-policy-to-avoid-overcapacity_64364.html
October 8, 2014
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners has completed the $295-million acquisition of Chevron Petrochemical Pipeline, which owns the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system. The pipeline will be operated by Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream (BLM), a subsidiary....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Boardwalk-completes-acquisition-of-Evangeline-ethylene-pipeline_64355.html
October 8, 2014
PTT Global Chemical (Bangkok) has partnered with Marubeni (Tokyo) to develop an ethane cracker and derivatives project in the Marcellus Shale region of the United States, says a local report. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, quoting unnamed sources, the partners are considering three locations: the Mon River Industrial Park at Allenport, PA; and a site each in West Virginia and Ohio....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Reports-PTTGC-partnering-with-Marubeni-on-Marcellus-cracker-project_64108.html
October 8, 2014
A steam leak this morning at Shell's Moerdijk, Netherlands facility has impacted operations at the site. The leak has since been resolved, the company says. "However, the effects...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Leak-at-Shell-Moerdijk-impacts-operations-styrene-prices-inch-upward_64240.html
October 8, 2014
Saras Group (Sarroch, Italy) has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire certain downstream processing units and related personnel at Versalis's plant at Sarroch. Financial...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Saras-to-acquire-Versalis-assets-in-Sardinia_64290.html
October 8, 2014
India has imposed definitive antidumping duties on phenol imports from the United States and Taiwan, India's Ministry of Finance has announced. This duty, effective retroactively from...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/phenol/India-imposes-definitive-antidumping-duties-on-US-Taiwan-phenol-exports_64281.html
October 8, 2014

Trinseo (Berwyn, PA),  formerly Styron, says it is reorganizing its business divisions into two groups and reassigning members of the executive team. A newly created performance materials division will include rubber, latex, and performance plastics consisting of the automotive and consumer essential markets businesses. A new basic plastics and feedstocks division will include styrenic polymers—polystyrene, ABS, SAN—polycarbonate, and styrene monomer.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Trinseo-realigns-businesses-leadership_64342.html
October 8, 2014
BP has declared force majeure on production at the company's Hull-Saltend site in the United Kingdom. The declaration is effective from 00.01am on  4 October, BP says. BP's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/BP-declares-force-majeure-on-acetic-acid-and-acetic-anhydride-at-UK-site_64339.html
October 8, 2014
Linde Engineering North America (Blue Bell, PA), a Linde subsidiary, is building an ammonia plant for J.R. Simplot (Boise, ID) adjacent to Simplot's existing phosphate fertilizer...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Linde-to-build-ammonia-plant-for-J-R-Simplot-phosphate-complex-in-Wyoming_64337.html
October 8, 2014
Leucadia National Corp. (New York) has announced that it will not proceed with its Lake Charles Clean Energy (LCCE) project, which would have used gasification technology to convert...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Leucadia-pulls-out-of-Lake-Charles-petroleum-coke-to-methanol-project_64336.html
October 7, 2014
Yara International, a global leading producer of fertilizers, says that Jørgen Ole Haslestad, long-serving CEO, resigned today. "Yara's board has concluded that Haslestad...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Yara-appoints-acting-CEO-since-former-incumbent-not-right-to-lead-company_64309.html
October 6, 2014
Potash Ridge (Toronto) has entered into a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a third-party marketer for the sulfuric acid production from its Blawn Mountain...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Potash-Ridge-signs-sulfuric-acid-offtake-agreement_64278.html
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