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December 10, 2014
Japan's ethylene production totaled 588,400 m.t. in November, down 1.7% year-on-year from 598,600 m.t., according to figures released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Japans-ethylene-output-down-1-7-percent-in-November_66038.html
December 10, 2014
A sinkhole that appeared east of Uralkali's (Berezniki, Russia) Solikamsk-2 potash mine has grown to 50 meters by 80 meters, the company said in an update today. The sinkhole, when...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Sinkhole-near-Uralkali-mine-has-grown-efforts-to-minimize-impact-ongoing_66030.html
December 8, 2014
National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee; Riyadh) said on Sunday that on 4 December it signed an agreement to purchase an additional 13% stake in titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Cristal...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Tasnee-signs-deal-to-raise-stake-in-TiO2-producer-Cristal_65945.html
December 8, 2014
PhosAgro (Moscow), a leading fertilizer producer, said today that it has signed a contract with GEA Messo for the design, delivery, and assembly of equipment for a new ammonium sulfate...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-to-build-ammonium-sulfate-plant-as-part-of-2020-growth-strategy_65951.html
December 8, 2014
Jurong Aromatics Corp. (JAC; Singapore) plans to shut down its plant at Jurong Island, Singapore, on 22 December for maintenance, industry sources say. The maintenance results from...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Jurong-Aromatics-plans-maintenance-shutdown-this-month_65963.html
December 5, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries begun to cut operating rates at its Maasvlakte, Netherlands, propylene oxide–styrene monomer unit, near the Port of Rotterdam, today after industrial...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene_oxide/LyondellBasell-lowers-operating-rates-at-POSM-unit-in-Netherlands_65933.html
December 5, 2014
China's Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange (CZCE; Zhengzhou) will launch evening trading from next week for products including purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and methanol. The new trading...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/China-commodity-exchange-launches-evening-trading-hours-for-PTA-methanol_65927.html
December 5, 2014
Técnicas Reunidas (TR; Madrid) says it has been awarded a contract to build a nitric acid plant for Yara at Porsgrunn, Norway. The contract is worth about €85 million ($104...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Tecnicas-Reunidas-to-build-nitric-acid-plant-for-Yara-in-Norway_65924.html
December 5, 2014
Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP; Casablanca) reports 11.6 billion Moroccan dirhams ($1.30 billion) in revenue during the third quarter, up 13%  from DH10.2 billion one...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Moroccos-OCP-posts-third-quarter-revenue-up-13-percent-on-higher-pricing-volume_65922.html
December 5, 2014
Cepsa (Madrid) today restarted cumene and phenol plants at the company's Huelva, Spain, site, a company source has confirmed. The cumene unit stopped operating at the start of October...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/cumene/Cepsa-restarts-cumene-phenol-units-at-Spanish-site_65917.html
December 4, 2014
KBR announced today that it has signed an agreement with PT Rekayasa Industri (REKIND; Jakarta) to provide ammonia technology in the Indonesian, Southeast Asian and Asian markets...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/KBR-forms-ammonia-licensing-alliance-with-Indonesian-engineering-firm_65876.html
December 4, 2014
Yanbu National Petrochemicals Co. (Yansab), a Sabic subsidiary, announced today that it would carry out a 35-60 day maintenance turnaround in April 2015 at the company's ethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_glycol/Report-Yansab-plans-35-60-day-turnaround-at-EG-complex-next-April_65862.html
December 4, 2014
GTC Technology (Houston) has signed an agreement with Shandong Sincier Chemical Group (SSCG) to provide GTC's technology for a 280,000-m.t./year toluene alkylation unit at a new...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/GTC-Technology-to-license-toluene-alkylation-technology-to-Chinese-refiner_65837.html
December 3, 2014
CF Industries announced today that it has restarted operations at its Woodward, OK nitrogen complex. Since 29 October, the complex had been down to "address an issue in one of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/CF-Industries-resumes-production-at-Woodward-nitrogen-complex_65825.html
December 3, 2014
There are no discussions currently taking place to fully or partially relaunch production at Uralkali's (Berezniki, Russia) Solikamsk-2 mine, the company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-denies-claims-it-is-readying-partial-restart-at-Solikamsk-2-mine_65648.html
December 3, 2014
Maire Tecnimont (Rome) announced today that its subsidiary Tecnimont (Milan) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)—which will be converted into an engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Cronus-Chemicals-selects-Tecnimont-to-build-$1-5-billion-fertilizer-complex_65738.html
December 3, 2014
Thailand will lower the price of benzene and of diesel fuels but raise the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), according to a report by the National News Bureau of Thailand. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Report-Thailand-cuts-price-of-benzene-fuels-on-lower-price-for-crude-oil_65805.html
December 2, 2014
Private equity firm SK Capital (New York) – a boutique investor with a major focus on chemicals – this morning completed a new, $1-billion funding round, the firm’s...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acrylonitrile/SK-Capital-raises-$1-billion-fund-update_65772.html
December 2, 2014

Williams Partners expects its expanded Geismar plant to begin producing ethylene for sale this month, says John Dearborn, senior v.p./NGL and petchem services.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-Geismar-plant-to-produce-ethylene-for-sale-this-month_65778.html
December 1, 2014
Rosneft (Moscow) says it has agreed to acquire Total's 16.67% stake in refinery and petrochemicals company PCK Raffinerie (Schwedt, Germany). The deal was signed in Sochi, Russia by...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Rosneft-to-buy-Totals-stake-in-refinery-aromatics-complex-in-Germany_65760.html
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