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November 7, 2014
Shell Chemical is exercising its option to buy a site in Monaca, PA, for a potential world-scale ethylene and derivatives project, according to Horsehead Holding, owner of the site. The deal brings the project, which would include an ethane cracker and polyethylene plants, one step closer to realization. However, Shell has not made a final investment decision....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-to-buy-site-in-Monaca-PA-for-cracker-project_65228.html
November 7, 2014
Caustic soda supply has tightened considerably in northwestern and southern Europe because of production issues plaguing various producers. These issues range from industrial action to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_dichloride/Caustic-soda-prices-spike-in-Europe-as-production-issues-constrain-supply_65218.html
November 7, 2014
Westlake Chemical is restarting its 263,000-m.t./year styrene plant at Lake Charles, LA, after shuttering the facility more than two months ago due to unfavorable economics. Product...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Westlake-restarting-styrene-plant-on-lower-benzene-prices-tighter-European-market_65232.html
November 6, 2014
Momentive Specialty Chemicals (MSC) says it is building two new formaldehyde plants, both in the US state of Louisiana. Investment in the new plants will total $66 million, with...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/formaldehyde/Momentive-to-build-formaldehyde-plants-in-Louisiana_65207.html
November 6, 2014
The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko today announced several new government and industry appointments, including that of head of potash concern Belaruskali (Solihorsk). Ivan...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/President-of-Belarus-appoints-new-head-of-potash-concern-Belaruskali_65206.html
November 6, 2014
Petrokemya, a wholly-owned Sabic subsidiary, plans to expand its butadiene extraction plant at Jubail, Saudi Arabia. KBR has been awarded the front-end engineering design contract by...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Petrokemya-to-expand-butadiene-capacity-at-Jubail_65205.html
November 6, 2014
Sunoco Logistics has concluded open season for the company's $2.5-billion Mariner East 2 pipeline project. The pipeline will carry natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the Marcellus and Utica shale basins to the company’s Marcus Hook, PA complex. The company also says it is developing the addition of an “NGL manufacturing complex” at Marcus Hook that would include a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Sunoco-Logistics-moves-forward-on-Mariner-2-pipeline-plans-propane-dehydro-plant-at-Marcus-Hook_65191.html
November 6, 2014
Tronox today reported its third quarter results, indicating weakness in the titanium slag market. The company reported a net loss of $93 million, down from a net loss of $49 million in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Tronox-reports-net-loss-on-weak-titanium-slag-market_65192.html
November 5, 2014
CF Industries today reported its third quarter results, indicating an increase in nitrogen revenues and higher costs. Net income of $130.9 million dropped 44% year-over-year (YOY) with...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/CF-Industries-reports-44-percent-net-income-drop_65158.html
November 5, 2014
Axiall (Atlanta) says lower electrochemical unit values and higher ethylene costs cut into third-quarter volume gains. Net income totaled $44.5 million, up 6% year-on-year (YOY) from $39.0 million. Net sales also increased 6% YOY, to $1.27 billion, from $1.20 billion. Adjusted earnings per share of 72 cts were well ahead of analysts’ consensus estimate of 60 cts, compiled by Thomson Reuters....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/vinyl_chloride/Axiall-increases-income-6-percent-beats-estimates_65139.html
November 5, 2014
Artlant PTA, a producer of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) at Sines, Portugal, plans to restart production at its 700,000 m.t./year plant following discussions with creditors, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/Artlant-plans-to-restart-PTA-plant-in-Portugal_65157.html
November 5, 2014

OCI Resources (Atlanta), the majority-owned US soda ash operation of OCI (Seoul), reports net income for the third quarter of $21.6 million, up 55% year-on-year (YOY) from $13.9 million. Net sales increased by 4.0% YOY, to $109.8 million. Earnings per share of 52 cts fell shy of analysts’ consensus estimate of 54 cts/share, compiled by Thomson Reuters.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/OCI-Resources-quarterly-sales-income-gain-on-international-soda-ash-prices_65142.html
November 5, 2014
The Arab Potash Co. (Amman) reports flat net income in the third quarter of 2014 at 26.5 million Jordanian dinars ($37.4 million). Net income in the first nine months of this year was...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Arab-Potash-reports-flat-income-on-lower-prices-set-to-reduce-energy-costs_65135.html
November 4, 2014
KBR (Houston) says that it has signed an agreement with engineering and construction firm Chiyoda (Yokohama, Japan) to license its CT-Acetica technology. Chiyoda developed the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/KBR-signs-acetic-acid-technology-alliance-with-Chiyoda_65079.html
November 4, 2014
Repsol (Madrid) declared force majeure on ethylene at its 702,000-m.t./year steam cracker at Tarragona, Spain on 31 October, according to various reports. Unindentified technical...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Reports-Repsols-Tarragona-cracker-has-production-difficulties_65108.html
November 4, 2014
HJ Baker's (Westport, CT) subsidiary Tiger-Sul Products Canada (Irricana, AB) has started up a facility at Irricana, 46 miles north of the company's Calgary plant. The facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/HJ-Baker-starts-production-at-sulfur-based-fertilizer-facility-in-Canada_65105.html
November 4, 2014
Agirum announced its third-quarter earnings, showing improved results year-over-year (YOY). YOY, net income of $91 million increased 13% YOY and includes pre-tax share-based payments...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Agrium-posts-improved-third-quarter-results_65103.html
November 4, 2014
Allana Potash (Toronto, ON) today provided an update on optimization studies currently underway on its Danakhil potash project in Ethiopia and on additional project infrastructure...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Allana-Potash-provides-update-on-optimization-studies-and-project-progress_65096.html
November 4, 2014
Australia New Agribusiness & Chemical Group (New Agri; Eight Mile Plains, QLD) announced today that it is forming a joint venture with ZLD International Holdings (ZLD) to develop...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/phosphorous/New-Agri-links-with-ZLD-to-develop-phosphate-deposits-in-Australia-to-produce-fertilizers_65092.html
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