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October 16, 2013
TVK (Tiszaújváros, Hungary) has begun construction of a 130,000-m.t./year plant for the recovery of butadiene, parent MOL Group (Budapest) said on 15 October. MOL expects to commission the plant in the second quarter of 2015....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/TVK-begins-construction-of-butadiene-plant-in-Hungary_55976.html
October 16, 2013
Sasol awarded Technip a contract to supply front-end engineering design (FEED) for an ethane cracker on the US Gulf Coast, Technip announced today. The cracker, to be located at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sasol-awards-FEED-contract-to-Technip-for-ethane-cracker-project-in-Louisiana_55975.html
October 14, 2013
TransCanada (Calgary, AB) broke ground, on 10 October, on the 530-kilometer Topolobampo–El Encino stretch of Mexico's 1,780-kilometer north-northwest natural gas pipeline...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/TransCanada-breaks-ground-on-gas-pipeline-in-Mexico_55916.html
October 11, 2013
Argex Titanium (Montreal), a titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer, has announced the results of an industrial feasibility study for its TiO2 project at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Argex-Titanium-completes-feasibility-study-for-TiO2-plant_55850.html
October 11, 2013
PotashCorp cut its third-quarter earnings outlook as the market turmoil over the break-up of a major potash cartel caused buyers to defer major purchases. The company expects...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PotashCorp-cuts-third-quarter-guidance_55895.html
October 11, 2013
PhosAgro (Moscow), today launched PhosAgro Asia (Singapore), a trading arm, which will sell fertilizers in Asia and Africa, as well as Australia and New Zealand. The company is...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-launches-fertilizer-trading-subsidiary-in-Singapore_55887.html
October 10, 2013
Solvay will install a new process at its industrial plant at Chalampé, France, to reduce the plant’s energy consumption by eight megawatts and carbon dioxide (CO2)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/adipic_acid/Solvay-to-optimize-adipic-acid-production-in-France_55674.html
October 10, 2013
The Mexican state of Veracruz is expected to receive $5 billion in direct investment by chemical companies, foreign and domestic, in Mexico, over the next five years, according to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/Mexicos-state-of-Veracruz-expects-$11-billion-in-direct-investments-into-its-petrochemical-industry_55711.html
October 10, 2013
Skyonic (Austin, TX) has broken ground at its Capitol SkyMine plant in San Antonio, TX, the company announced. The plant is expected to capture 300,000 m.t./year of CO2 though the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Skyonic-Corp-breaks-ground-at-its-Capitol-SkyMine-plant-in-Texas_55812.html
October 10, 2013
The prospects for most chlor-alkali and vinyls producers are not good: over the next 10 years, the global market for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) will be oversupplied by an annual average of 18 million m.t., according to analysts at IHS Chemical. However, producers in the United States will be able to maintain profitability, owing to low energy costs resulting from the boom in shale gas development, they say....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/vinyl_acetate/IHS-Shale-to-shield-US-chlor-alkali-vinyls-from-huge-global-overcapacity_55798.html
October 10, 2013
Allana Potash Corp., (Toronto) says it was granted a mining license by the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines for a previously announced Danakhil potash project in Ethiopia. The move follows...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Allana-Potash-receives-mining-license-for-Ethiopian-project_55802.html
October 9, 2013
Chevron Phillips Chemical’s (CPChem) $6-billion project to build an ethane cracker and two polyethylene (PE) facilities on the US Gulf Coast (USGC) will create 10,000 jobs in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/CPChem-plans-major-hiring-program-for-Texas-cracker-project-advances-organosulfurs-hike-in-Belgium_55799.html
October 9, 2013
Shell Chemicals is looking to move to the front-end engineering design (FEED) stage early next year on its previously announced ethane cracker project at Monaca, PA, Graham van’t...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-moves-US-cracker-project-to-FEED-selects-contractors_55743.html
October 9, 2013
A Korean research team at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist; Daejeon, South Korea) has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/phenol/Korean-researchers-engineer-an-E-coli-strain-able-to-produce-phenol-from-glucose_55779.html
October 8, 2013
Fertilizer capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, which include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will rise by 47% in the next...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/GCC-fertilizer-capacity-to-rise-by-close-to-50-percent-in-next-five-years_55738.html
October 8, 2013
Researchers at the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) have received a four-year $4.4 million federal grant as part of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/adipic_acid/US-researchers-receive-$4-4-million-grant-to-design-safer-chemical-manufacturing-processes_55734.html
October 8, 2013
Methanex (Vancouver) has completed methanol capacity expansions totaling 1 million m.t./year in New Zealand and Canada and restarted its 900,000 m.t./year Chile I plant, the company said on 7 October....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Methanex-increases-methanol-production-capacity-by-1-9-million-m-t-year_55722.html
October 7, 2013
Mosaic has lowered its annual outlook for 2013 global potash shipments because of weaker demand in India and a delay in settling a second-half contract between Canpotex, its export...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Mosaic-cuts-outlook-for-potash-shipments_55731.html
October 7, 2013
GlyEco (Los Angeles,CA) has completed the acquisition of GSS Automotive Recycling (Landover, MD). Financial details about the transaction were not disclosed. GSS is a main player in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_glycol/GlyEco-completes-acquisition-of-GSS-Automotives-expands-glycol-recycling-capacity_55679.html
October 7, 2013
Methanol producer OCI Partners (OCIP) has priced its initial public offering of 17.5 million common units at $18/share, lower than its previous estimate of $19-20/share. OCIP said it expects the offering, which began on 4 October, to bring net proceeds of $291 million by the time it closes on 9 October....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/OCI-Partners-launches-IPO-at-$18share_55680.html
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