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June 26, 2014
Ashta Chemicals (Ashtabula, OH) says it will invest $60 million to convert its mercury-cell chlor-alkali plant to membrane-cell technology. Ineos Technologies will provide process design services and three Bichlor bipolar electrolyzers....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Ashta-Chemicals-to-convert-Ohio-chlor-alkali-plant-to-membrane-cell-process_62021.html
June 25, 2014
Kraton Performance Polymers’ planned merger with the styrenics block copolymers (SBC) unit of LCY Chemical (Taiwan) may not pay off for two years later than expected, the company said on 24 June. The company’s stock price fell 14% the day of the announcement, losing $3.60/share to close at $21.53/share....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Kraton-shares-fall-14-percent-on-weaker-post-merger-earnings-forecast_62008.html
June 24, 2014
Uralkali, one of the world’s largest potash producers, has announced that it has won the auction to develop the Romanovsky block of the Verkhnekamskoye...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-wins-auction-for-Romanovsky-potash-block-in-Russia_62005.html
June 24, 2014
Brazil's antitrust body CADE (Brasilia) has challenged the proposed acquisition by Braskem of Solvay Indupa (Bueno Aires), Solvay's polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chlor-alkali business...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Brazils-antitrust-authority-challenges-Braskems-acquisition-of-Indupa_61991.html
June 23, 2014
EuroChem (Moscow), Russia’s largest fertilizer company and a top-10 fertilizer player globally, today announced that it has won the auction for the right to explore and produce...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/EuroChem-wins-new-potash-licence-in-Russia-will-become-major-potash-player_61962.html
June 20, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has broken ground for the construction of two 500,000 m.t./year polyethylene plants at its site in Old Ocean, TX....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/CPChem-begins-construction-of-polyethylene-plants-at-Old-Ocean-TX_61886.html
June 20, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical says it has begun constructing second steam cracker at its Baytown, TX, facility and two downstream polyethylene lines at its Mont Belvieu, TX, plastics plant. EPA gave the project a final greenhouse gas Prevention of Significant Deterioration construction permit last month....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/ExxonMobil-begins-expanding-Baytown-ethylene-PE_61929.html
June 20, 2014
Huntsman announced today that an unplanned manufacturing disruption at its Port Neches, TX propylene oxide (PO) and methyl tert butyl ether (MTBE) facility will reduce its second...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/mtbe/Huntsman-reveals-PO-MTBE-disruption-at-Port-Neches_61923.html
June 20, 2014
Farms and Families of North America Fertilizer Limited Partnership (FNA FLP; Saskatoon, SK), an alliance of farmers designed to build a nitrogen fertilizer plant, announced today the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Farmers-organization-announces-site-for-$1-7-billion-nitrogen-fertilizer-plant_61930.html
June 19, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the world’s largest potash producers, today announced an increase in first-quarter revenues and in production. The company has also agreed to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-reports-higher-revenue-and-potash-sales-despite-lower-prices_61931.html
June 18, 2014
Indian Oil (IOC; New Delhi) and BP have abandoned plans for an acetic acid joint venture in India, citing high capital costs. The proposed 50-50 jv would have built a 1-million...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/BP-Indian-Oil-cancel-plans-for-acetic-acid-JV_61899.html
June 18, 2014
PotashCorp says it has rescinded previously announced layoff notices affecting 50 workers at the company's Penobsquis, NB, facility. Operations at the Penobsquis mine had been...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PotashCorp-rescinds-layoff-notices-affecting-50-workers_61895.html
June 18, 2014
IHI's wholly owned engineering and construction (E&C) subsidiary has been selected to provide detailed engineering and procurement services to Dakota Gasification Co., (DGC...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/IHI-E-and-C-awarded-EP-services-contract-for-urea-plant-in-North-Dakota_61893.html
June 18, 2014
The petrochemical plant at Isfahan, Iran, has stopped producing aromatics because of the lack of feedstock, local news agencies report, citing the plant’s managing director...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Feedstock-shortage-halts-aromatics-production-at-Isfahan-petrochemical-plant_61888.html
June 17, 2014
PhosAgro (Moscow) announced today the appointment of Vladimir Davydenko as the director of the Kirovsk branch of PhosAgro and the CEO of Apatit. Prior to his appointment, Davydenko had...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-appoints-new-CEO-of-phosphate-subsidiary-Apatit_61859.html
June 17, 2014

Williams Partners (Williams; Tulsa, OK) has pushed the restart of its Geismar, LA, ethylene plant back one month to July.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-delays-Geismar-cracker-restart-to-July_61851.html
June 16, 2014
Iran plans to turn the Sea of Oman’s costal region into the country’s petrochemical hub, says deputy managing director of the National Petrochemical Co. (Tehran) Mohammad...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Iran-to-develop-petchem-hub-by-Sea-of-Oman-China-pledges-project-finance_61820.html
June 13, 2014
Fertilizantes Heringer (Viana, Brazil) and Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP; Casablanca) have signed definitive agreements under which OCP will acquire 9.5–10.5% of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/OCP-to-buy-stake-in-Brazilian-fertilizer-firm_61801.html
June 13, 2014
The Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP; Mexico City), has completed a basic engineering study requested by the petrochemicals subsidiary of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_oxide/Mexican-Petroleum-Institute-completes-basic-engineering-study-for-Pemex-EO-expansion_61798.html
June 13, 2014
Highfield Resources (West Perth, Australia), a developer of three potash projects in northern Spain, has raised $32 million for its three wholly owned potash projects in the area, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Highfield-Resources-raises-funds-for-Spanish-potash-projects_61795.html
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