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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
September 2, 2014
Uralchem (Moscow), one of the largest nitrogen fertilizer producers in Russia, today reported a major drop in earnings and revenues for the first six months of this year. Adjusted...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralchem-reports-major-drop-in-sales-and-earnings-in-first-six-months_63579.html
September 1, 2014
OCI Partners (Nederland, TX) says it is starting up its methanol plant at Beaumont, TX after carrying out essential repairs on the plant's reformer. OCI Partners said on 29 August that...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/OCI-Partners-restarts-Beaumont-methanol-plant_63548.html
August 29, 2014
Global methanol demand is expected to increase from 60.7 million m.t. in 2013 to more than 109 million m.t. in 2023, with an average annual growth rate of 6%, according to research...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/IHS-Global-methanol-demand-to-rise-80-percent-by-2023-China-to-drive-demand_63525.html
August 29, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), a leading global producer of potash, today reported a 7% drop in net profit in the first six months of the year to $370 million on 7% higher revenue of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-reports-lower-profits-on-higher-sales-as-potash-markets-stabilize_63451.html
August 29, 2014
Odebrecht’s (Salvador, Brazil) Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise (Ascent) steam cracker project continues to move forward with the acceptance of its voluntary remediation application by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Policy (WVDEP). The agency says its office of environmental remediation and Ascent are currently negotiating an agreement for the identification of health and ecological risks associated with current and potential future uses of the site and the establishment remediation standards....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Odebrechts-Ascent-cracker-project-negotiates-remediation-agreement-with-WVDEP_63505.html
August 28, 2014
Silicones and quartz producer Momentive Performance Materials (MPM) says the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York is likely to confirm the company’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/silicones/Momentive-Performance-Materials-moves-closer-to-Chapter-11-exit_63462.html
August 28, 2014
Start up company Appalachian Resins (Houston) is leasing land in Salem Township, OH for a proposed $1-billion ethylene and polyethylene (PE) production facility. Appalachian Resins had...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Appalachian-Resins-leases-land-in-Ohio-for-$1-billion-project_63456.html
August 27, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries plans to build a world-scale propylene oxide (PO)–tert-butyl alcohol (TBA) plant on the Texas Gulf Coast, with start-up planned for 2019. PO from the plant will support growing demand for polyurethanes, while TBA and derivatives will supply producers of high-octane gasoline, synthetic rubber, and lubricant additives....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/mtbe/LyondellBasell-plans-world-scale-PO-TBA-plant-for-US-Gulf-Coast_63368.html
August 27, 2014
The US subsidiary of Helm (Hamburg) will market and distribute in the United States and Canada half of the titanium dioxide produced at Argex Titanium’s planned 50,000-m.t./year production facility to be located at Salaberry-de-Valleyfied, PQ, the companies said on 26 August....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Helm-to-distribute-titanium-dioxide-from-Argexs-planned-facility-in-Quebec_63414.html
August 27, 2014
Reliance Industries (Mumbai) said today that its Hazira, India, ethylene plant will be shut down for a planned turnaround. The plant, currently Reliance’s largest ethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Reliance-Industries-plans-turnaround-at-its-largest-cracker_63413.html
August 27, 2014
Loveland Products, a subsidiary of Agrium, has acquired a controlling interest in Agricen (Frisco,TX), an agricultural biotechnology firm, the company said on Tuesday. Agricen produces...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Agrium-acquires-agricultural-biotech-firm-Agricen_63409.html
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