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February 11, 2015
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) said in a state filing today that the EU-1592 and U-1092 cracking units at its Cedar Bayou, TX, olefins facility will start back up from planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/CPChem-to-restart-Cedar-Bayou-cracker_67702.html
February 10, 2015
The Loyal Group plans to shut its six expandable polystyrene (EPS) plants in China from 14 February for at least two weeks, a source close to the company said Tuesday. Citing weak EPS...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Loyal-Group-to-shut-EPS-plants-in-China-this-weekend-for-two-weeks_67671.html
February 10, 2015
Air Liquide intends to build a $170.0-million air separation unit (ASU) that will supply Yuhuang Chemical’s (Houston) planned, world-scale methanol project in St. James Parish, LA. Air Liquide says it has signed a long-term agreement to supply Yuhuang Chemical with 2,400 m.t./day of oxygen....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Air-Liquide-plans-$170-million-ASU-to-supply-Louisiana-methanol-project_67691.html
February 10, 2015
Williams Partners says it is manufacturing ethylene for sale at its expanded ethane cracker at Geismar, LA. The 855,000-m.t./year plant has been out of service since an explosion in June 2013....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-confirms-Geismar-ethylene-plant-in-service_67688.html
February 10, 2015
Styrene monomer spot prices have risen sharply in the last week, jumping from $900/m.t. fob Rotterdam to $1,020/m.t. fob Rotterdam between 30 January and 9 February—continuing a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrene-spot-prices-up-Europe-most-expensive-region_67685.html
February 10, 2015
Uralchem (Moscow) and Stamicarbon announced today that they have agreed to go ahead with a project to modernize Uralchem’s urea plant at Perm, Russia. The investment is estimated...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralchem-to-expand-urea-capacity-using-Stamicarbon-process_67681.html
February 9, 2015
According to sources in the market, Williams has begun the process of delivering ethylene from its ethane cracker at Geismar, LA, which has been out of service since June 2013. If production is underway, it will bring substantial relief to Louisiana’s ethylene market, which has been extremely tight since the Evangeline ethylene pipeline went offline last month, IHS Chemical says....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-Geismar-restart-to-mitigate-Evangeline-outage-IHS-Corrected_67655.html
February 9, 2015
State-controlled petrochemical producer Oltchim (Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania) generated a €700,000 ($792,000) profit in January, according to Romania's economy, trade, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Minister-Oltchim-generated-&euro700000-profit-in-January_67645.html
February 9, 2015
Uralchem (Moscow), a major fertilizer producer, today reported its production results for 2014, with overall volumes down 6.5%, to 5.7 million m.t., compared with 2013. Nitrogen...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralchem-reports-lower-fertilizer-output-following-plant-stoppage_67643.html
February 9, 2015
S-Oil (Seoul) will supply diesel and naphtha to a Saudi Aramco subsidiary, in return for para-xylene (p-xylene) and light naphtha under a billion-dollar contract, S-Oil announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/paraxylene/S-Oil-signs-billion-dollar-refined-products-p-xylene-supply-deal-with-Saudi-Aramco_67633.html
February 9, 2015
M&G Chemicals (Luxembourg) is pushing ahead with its purified terephthalic acid-polyethylene terephthalate (PTA-PET) project at Corpus Christi, TX, and the company plans to start...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/M-and-G-Chemicals-ahead-of-schedule-with-PTA-PET-project-in-US_67628.html
February 9, 2015
Benzene fundamentals have been mixed in the United States this week, as spot prices have followed the uptick in NYMEX WTI crude futures, and supply availability remains ample. Prompt...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Energy-pushing-US-benzene-higher-rather-than-supply-demand-fundamentals_67625.html
February 8, 2015
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, said on Sunday that the Ministry of Petroleum has allocated more ethane gas to the company, which will be used to increase capacity of its steam cracker...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Saudi-Kayan-to-debottleneck-cracker-ethylene-oxide-plant_67632.html
February 6, 2015
Dow Corning, a 50-50 joint venture between Dow Chemical and Corning, reports fourth-quarter net income down 66% year-on-year (YOY), to $37.0 million. Excluding one-time items, net...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/silicones/Dow-Corning-reports-5-percent-increase-in-sales_67624.html
February 6, 2015

Olin reports fourth-quarter net income of $12.8 million, down 48% year-over-year (YOY) on declines in both the chlor-alkali and Winchester ammunition segments. However, the company expects gains in 2015, notably in chlor-alkali, which Olin sees emerging from the current trough. Sales totaled $500 million, down 11% YOY from $562 million. Adjusted earnings of 25 cts/share beat the mean analysts’ estimate of 22 cts/share as compiled by Thomson Reuters (New York).

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Olin-beats-earnings-estimates-expects-upturn-in-chlor-alkali_67615.html
February 6, 2015
A sinkhole east of Uralkali's (Berezniki, Russia) Solikamsk-2 potash mine has grown and currently measures 58 by 87 meters wide and approximately 75 meters deep, the company says. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Sinkhole-near-Uralikali-mine-continues-to-expand-unused-machinery-being-removed-from-shaft_67613.html
February 6, 2015
Tosoh expects its steam cracker at Yokkaichi, Japan, to resume normal production tomorrow. Output at the cracker was reduced early this week to about 80% of capacity because of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Tosoh-to-restore-Yokkaichi-cracker-runs_67599.html
February 5, 2015
Ethylene spot prices have been moving higher in the United States this week due to uncertainty over operations at Shell Chemicals’ Norco, LA GO-1 steam cracker and flaring at Dow...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Ethylene-up-in-US-on-uncertainty-over-Louisiana-Texas-facilities_67560.html
February 5, 2015
ENI (Rome) has confirmed to CW that its chemical subsidiary, Versalis (Milan), has restarted its 490,000-m.t./year steam cracker at Porto Marghera, Italy and that the cracker is...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Versalis-restarts-Porto-Marghera-cracker-starts-supplying-Shell_67528.html
February 5, 2015
Aromatics prices fell $15-55/m.t. in Asia today, erasing most of the week's gains as regional market sentiment turned bearish following a slump in overnight crude oil futures. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Asia-aromatics-prices-lose-most-of-weeks-gains-today-on-crude-slump_67521.html
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