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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
June 16, 2015
The merger of Dow Chemical's chlor-alkali business with Olin has cleared the 30-day waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976, the companies say. "This important milestone marks progress toward the close of a seminal transaction maximizing return for both Dow and Olin shareholders and the advancement of Dow's targeted market participation and portfolio transformation strategies," says Andrew Liveris, Dow chairman and CEO....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Dow-Olin-chlor-alkali-merger-passes-HSR-review_71367.html
June 16, 2015
PhosAgro (Moscow) said on Tuesday that it has officially inaugurated the Smart Bulk Terminal, its new fertilizer terminal at Ust-Luga. PhosAgro’s partner in the project is...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-inaugurates-fertilizer-terminal-at-Ust-Luga_71369.html
June 16, 2015
Potash West (Belmont, Australia), an exploration company, has commissioned Ercosplan (Erfurt, Germany) to oversee its technical operations involving the Thuringia potash project in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Potash-West-appoints-Ercosplan-as-consultant-on-German-potash-project_71341.html
June 16, 2015
Iran plans to expand capacity of its Kharg Island-based methanol plant under phase II of the development plan, local reports say. The complex is currently designed to produce 650,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Iran-to-expand-Kharg-Island-methanol-capacity_71364.html
June 16, 2015
Phosphate fertilizer producer MBAC Fertilizer (Toronto) on Monday said it had received revised proposals from third parties active in the fertilizer and agriculture sector. MBAC...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/MBAC-receives-proposals-as-part-of-a-review-to-address-liquidity-problems_71363.html
June 15, 2015
Shell Chemicals has completed the purchase of a site in Monaca, PA, for its planned Appalachian petrochemical complex, according to Horsehead Holding, the seller....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-closes-purchase-of-site-for-Appalachian-petrochemical-project_71334.html
June 15, 2015
The closure of Haverhill Chemicals' (Houston) production site at Haverhill, OH with the potential loss of 141 jobs—announced late last week—remains uncertain after the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetone/Impact-of-Haverhill-shutdown-on-phenol-market-in-US-could-be-limited_71319.html
June 15, 2015
Europe's styrene-over-benzene spread has averaged $484/m.t. so far in 2015, almost double the average spread for the full year of 2014, which was $250/m.t., with suppliers reaping the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Europes-styrene-benzene-spread-in-2015-outstrips-spreads-last-year_71318.html
June 15, 2015
Yeochun NCC (YNCC; Seoul) has begun the process to restart its No. 1 naphtha cracker at Yeocheon, South Korea, after the plant was shut on 14 May for regular maintenance, a source...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Yeochun-NCC-restarting-No-1-cracker-butadiene-unit-online_71291.html
June 15, 2015
South Korea’s May exports of para-xylene (p-xylene), benzene, and mixed xylenes were down from April, but styrene and toluene exports increased, customs data show. South Korea...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/South-Korea-exports-less-p-xylene-benzene-mixed-xylenes-in-May_71287.html
June 15, 2015
By October, Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Co. (Echem; Cairo) will finalize the technical and financial studies for a propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene (PP) joint venture...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Egypt-to-finalize-studies-for-PDH-PP-joint-venture-with-Kuwaits-Boubyan_71285.html
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