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April 21, 2015
An explosion occurred this morning at an ethylene glycol (EG) unit operated by Sinopec Yangzi at Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, a Sinopec Corp. spokesman confirmed today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_glycol/Sinopec-confirms-morning-blast-at-Yangzi-ethylene-glycol-unit_69621.html
April 20, 2015
Yara International (Oslo) said today that, because of the worsening security outlook in Libya, the operating ability of its Lifeco joint venture plants are highly likely to keep...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Yara-writes-down-Lifeco-investment-in-Libya_69601.html
April 20, 2015
A recent spike in styrene prices in Asia is pressuring derivative producers to raise prices as their margins narrow amid short covering, tight supply, and concerns over lower stocks...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Asia-styrene-derivative-prices-track-feedstock-price-hikes_69592.html
April 20, 2015
Aecon Group (Toronto) has been awarded a contract by K+S (Kassel, Germany) for additional work on K+S's Legacy potash mining project in Saskatchewan. Work will begin in the second...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/K+S-awards-additional-contract-for-potash-project-in-Canada_69605.html
April 20, 2015
Harvest Minerals (Subiaco, Australia) has acquired the Sergi potash project, near Vales in the state of Sergipe, Brazil. Harvest Minerals has entered into a binding agreement with...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Australia-fertilizer-developer-acquires-Brazil-potash-project_69604.html
April 17, 2015
National Petrochemical Company (NPC; Tehran) expects to start up a second 1 million m.t./year ethylene plant at the Kavian petrochemical complex in Assaluyeh, Iran, by September, according to a local news report....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/NPC-aims-to-start-up-second-Kavian-cracker-by-September-report_69582.html
April 17, 2015
The US Dept. of Commerce on 14 April issued a preliminary determination that China and the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago have been subsidizing melamine imported to the United States, and that the imports can therefore be subjected to countervailing duties. Commerce says it will announce a final determination in late August....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Commerce-proposes-countervailing-duties-for-melamine-from-China-Trinidad-and-Tobago_69581.html
April 17, 2015
The first shipments of an anticipated wave of styrene imports have started to arrive in Europe. This week, imports totaling approximately 15,000 m.t. arrived there from the United...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Wave-of-styrene-imports-starts-to-arrive-in-Europe-from-US_69568.html
April 17, 2015
South Korea exported about 128,000 m.t. of benzene during 1–16 April, about 54% of the 236,744 m.t. transported for the whole of March, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/South-Koreas-first-half-April-benzene-exports-reach-54-percent-of-March-total_69550.html
April 17, 2015
Yeochun NCC (YNCC; Seoul) is on schedule to shut its no. 1 naphtha cracker and several aromatics plants from the middle of May for 30–40 days of planned maintenance, a source...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Yeochun-NCC-on-track-to-shut-cracker-aromatics-plants-16-May-for-maintenance_69543.html
April 16, 2015
Sibur (Moscow) says that its biggest investment project, a world-scale petrochemicals complex at Tobolsk, Russia, will likely reach mechanical completion in 2019, one year later than...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sibur-delays-world-scale-petchem-project-due-to-challenging-economic-environment_69511.html
April 16, 2015

Celanese and Mitsui & Co. today announced that they are planning a potential methanol joint venture to be located at Celanese’s facility at Bishop, TX. Celanese says it has filed for air permits, and that a final decision to build the plant, which would have a capacity of 1.3 million m.t./year, will consider prevailing methanol market conditions and construction costs, among other factors.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Celanese-Mitsui-explore-methanol-JV-at-Bishop-TX_69474.html
April 16, 2015
Month-on-month, Japan increased its production of benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX) in March by 11%, 13% and 9%, respectively, the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association says...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Japan-produces-more-BTX-in-March-versus-February_69467.html
April 16, 2015
Styrene prices in Asia hit $1,410/m.t. CFR China Thursday, a level not seen since early November, IHS Chemical data shows, amid tight supply concerns and short-covering activity...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Asian-styrene-prices-hit-levels-not-seen-since-November-2014_69466.html
April 15, 2015
Braskem is reevaluating its planned Parkersburg, WV cracker, a joint venture with Odebrecht, to address uncertainties generated by the steep decline in crude oil pricing. Assuming it proceeds, startup would come after 2020, says Fernando Musa, CEO of Braskem America. “This is something that we will continue to pursue, and look for the right timing and moment to invest,” he adds....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Braskem-slows-Marcellus-cracker-considers-polypropylene-expansion_69458.html
April 15, 2015
Propylene stocks were unchanged in the United States during the week ended 10 April, according to data released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA; Washington)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/No-change-to-propylene-stocks-in-US-says-EIA_69455.html
April 15, 2015
Several of South Korea’s aromatics exports in March spiked on month-on-month and on year-on-year (YOY) bases, South Korea customs data show. The country transported about 478,849...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Several-of-South-Koreas-March-aromatics-exports-spike-on-month_69430.html
April 14, 2015
Lotte Chemical (Seoul) plans to adjust feedstocks at its steam crackers at Yeosu and Daesan, South Korea, at the end of April for about two to three months, a source close to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Lotte-Chemical-to-change-feedstock-at-steam-crackers_69397.html
April 14, 2015
Yesterday, Celanese raised its prices for vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) by $60/m.t. in Asia outside of China. “This increase will be incremental to any previous increases that were...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/vinyl_acetate/Celanese-raises-vinyl-acetate-monomer-prices-in-Asia_69395.html
April 14, 2015

Invista has launched P8, a new technology platform that reduces the cost of manufacturing purified terephthalic acid (PTA), a polyester precursor, by up to $40/m.t., says Invista.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/Invista-launches-new-PTA-technology-platform_69414.html
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