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March 23, 2016
Primus Green Energy (Primus; Hillsborough, NJ) says it plans to build a 160 m.t./day methanol plant in the Marcellus shale region, with startup expected in the fourth quarter of 2017. The plant, which is based on a modular design, will later be expanded by three additional trains to a capacity of 640 m.t./day, says the company. Production will target the regional market....
March 22, 2016
Shell executive v.p. Graham van't Hoff and CNOOC's Xiaoli sign the final investment decision for expanding the CSPC jv. China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC; Beijing) and Shell...
March 22, 2016
MEGlobal (Dubai) has chosen Dow Chemical’s Oyster Creek site at Freeport, TX, for the location of a new world-scale ethylene glycol (EG) facility, which the company expects to bring online in mid-2019. The plant will receive ethylene from Dow’s new Freeport ethane cracker under a long-term supply agreement....
March 22, 2016
Univar has announced that Univar Canada has acquired Nexus Ag (Saskatoon, SK), a wholesale fertilizer distributor. Mike Hildebrand, president/agriculture and environmental sciences at...
March 22, 2016
Toyo Engineering has been awarded a ¥70-billion ($624.4 million) contract by Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals to build a large nitrogen fertilizer complex in India. The complex...
March 21, 2016
Olin (Clayton, MO) is reducing its chlor-alkali capacity this quarter by 433,000 m.t./year. The company, which first announced the plan in November 2015, says it will take a $95-million restructuring charge against first-quarter 2016 results....
March 21, 2016
Celanese (Dallas) is increasing the price of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and Ateva-branded ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymers in the Americas and Asia on 1 April. The price of Ateva EVA will increase by 3 cts/lb in the Americas and $50/m.t. in Asia. The price of LDPE will increase by 4 cts/lb in the Americas and $50/m.t. in Asia....
March 21, 2016
Oxea is increasing the European prices of various 2-ethylhexyl specialty esters by €30/m.t. ($33.72) on 1 April. Oxea markets the products as Oxsoft 3G8, DOA, GPO, TOTM, L9TM, and Oxblue DOSX....
March 21, 2016
Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN) is increasing the offlist price in North America of its Eastman 168 non-phthalate plasticizer by 2 cts/lb on 1 April. The company cites higher operating costs, particularly raw materials....
March 21, 2016
Eastman (Kingsport, TN) has announced a  3 ct/lb (7 ct/kilogram) global increase in glycol ether prices, effective 1 April. The products affected are ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, which Eastman markets as EB solvent, and diethylene glycol monobutyl ether, marketed as DB solvent....
March 21, 2016
Trinseo says that private equity firm Bain Capital (Boston) will sell 9.6 million shares in the company in a secondary public offering, cutting its stake in Trinseo to 58.6%, from...
March 18, 2016
 Braskem Idesa, the 75-25 joint venture between Braskem and Grupo Idesa, started injecting ethane today at their Etileno XXI cracker project at Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. The jv...
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