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November 12, 2013
Oman Chlorine (Muscat) is planning a $70-million chlor-alkali plant at Abu Dhabi, according to a Reuters report quoting the company's managing director. The new production would meet...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Report-Oman-Chlorine-to-build-chlor-alkali-plant-at-Abu-Dhabi_56640.html
November 12, 2013
TPC Group says it will spend about $5 million restart one of its two idled dehydrogenation units at Houston. Commencement of construction is contingent on obtaining the necessary...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/TPC-Group-to-Restart-Dehydrogenation-Unit-at-Houston_32641.html
November 12, 2013
TPC expects engineering design optimization for the project to be complete by the end of the third quarter of 2013, with start-up to come in 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/TPC-gets-green-light-for-on-purpose-butadiene_50065.html
November 12, 2013
KBR has been awarded a contract by Société des Fertilisants d’Algérie (Fertial; Annaba, Algeria) to conduct a study that will improve safety, reliability...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/KBR-awarded-contract-to-revamp-two-ammonia-plants-in-Algeria_56633.html
November 11, 2013
Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City) aims to improve operating margins in its petrochemical operations through the company's recently updated business plan for the period 2014-18...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Pemex-identifies-target-areas-for-petchems-in-2014-18-business-plan_56618.html
November 11, 2013
Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France), IFP Energies Nouvelles (Ifpen; Rueil-Malmaison), and Michelin have launched BioButterfly, a plant chemistry research partnership that aims to develop...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Axens-partners-with-Michelin-IFP-in-French-research-initiative-for-biobased-butadiene_56616.html
November 11, 2013
The Belarusian prosecutor general's office has received and is considering an official request from Russia for the extradition of Vladislav Baumgertner, CEO of potash producer Uralkali...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Russia-requests-extradition-of-Uralkali-CEO-from-Belarus_56615.html
November 11, 2013
South Bolder Mines (STB; West Perth, Australia) said today that it has completed and signed a shareholders agreement with the Eritrean National Mining Corp. (ENAMCO) outlining the key...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/South-Boulder-Mines-finalizes-Eritrean-potash-agreement_56609.html
November 10, 2013
Stamicarbon (Geleen, Netherlands) and Haldor Topsøe will provide their urea and ammonia technologies, respectively for a previously announced nitrogen fertilizer complex being...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Stamicarbon-Haldor-Topsøe-to-provide-technology-for-fertilizer-complex-in-Azerbaijan_56604.html
November 8, 2013
Ineos Oxide, an Ineos subsidiary, says that its deepsea ethylene import terminal at the company's manufacturing site at Zwijndrecht, near Antwerp, is fully operational. The terminal...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Ineos-inaugurates-ethylene-import-terminal-in-Belgium_56584.html
November 8, 2013
North America’s “shale gale” was a frequent topic at the Global Plastics Summit, held 5-6 November in Chicago, IL, by IHS Chemical in collaboration with the Society of the Plastics Industry. Producers, convertors and equipment suppliers agreed that the cheap energy and feedstocks supplied by shale-based oil and gas resources will drive steady growth in demand for North American plastics, not only from abroad, but also from the resurgent manufacturing sector....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/North-American-plastics-gains-on-reshoring-of-manufacturing_56526.html
November 7, 2013
EuroChem (Moscow), one of the world's largest fertilizer companies, today announced the launch of construction work at its previously announced phosphate rock development project in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/EuroChem-starts-work-on-phosphate-rock-project-in-Kazakhstan_56242.html
November 7, 2013
PhosAgro (Moscow), a major producer of phosphate fertilizers, says it has begun constructing a previously announced, energy-efficient ammonia plant at its Cherepovets, Vologda Region...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-starts-construction-of-ammonia-plant-will-become-self-sufficient_56445.html
November 7, 2013
Rentech Nitrogen LP today reported a third-quarter net loss of $22 million, down from a $28 million net gain year-over-year (YOY). Excluding the loss on goodwill impairment...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Rentech-Nitrogen-reports-net-loss-sales-gain_56520.html
November 7, 2013
BP announced today that it is ready to commercialize two new technologies: the SaaBre synthesis gas (syngas)-to-acetic acid process and Hummingbird, a process that directly converts...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/BP-to-commercialize-breakthrough-acetic-acid-technology-at-a-world-scale-plant_56515.html
November 6, 2013
Tronox today reported a third-quarter net loss of $49 million, or 43 cts/share, compared with a loss of $3 million in the year-ago quarter. The company’s adjusted net loss...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Tronox-loss-widens-as-selling-prices-fall_56509.html
November 6, 2013
Agrium today announced third-quarter results, with net income dropping 41% year-over-year (YOY), to $76 million. Earnings per share of 52 cts/share fell below analyst estimates of 57...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Agrium-reports-earnings-drop-sales-up-on-strong-retail_56485.html
November 6, 2013
Axiall reports net income down 0.8% year-on-year (YOY), to $39.0 million. Adjusted earnings slumped 29.2%, to 97 cts/share, but met a consensus of analysts’ estimates compiled by...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/cumene/Axiall-adjusted-earnings-fall-on-weak-cumene-volumes_56481.html
November 5, 2013
The European Commisison says it has opened an in-depth investigation into the previously announced plans of Solvay and Ineos to merge their chlorvinyls activities in Europe into a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/vinyl_chloride/Europe-launches-in-depth-investigation-into-proposed-Solvay-Ineos-chlorvinyls-JV_56455.html
November 5, 2013
Mosaic today reported results for its third quarter, when net income plunged 70% year-on-year (YOY), to $124 million. Net earnings per share of 29 cts/share dipped below last...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Mosaics-third-quarter-earnings-plunge_56451.html
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