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February 17, 2015
South Korea exported 13,239 m.t. of mixed xylenes in January, plunging 61% from 34,066 m.t. one year earlier and down 32% from 19,418 m.t. in December 2014, Korea customs service data...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/mixedxylenes/Koreas-mixed-xylene-exports-sank-in-January_67818.html
February 16, 2015
Egypt has agreed on deals with Kuwaiti companies for the establishment  of fertilizer and petrochemical projects worth $6.8 billion, according to a statement on 15 February by the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Egypt-signs-agreements-with-Kuwaiti-firms-for-petrochemical-fertilizer-projects_67798.html
February 16, 2015
South Korea exported 47,897 m.t. of toluene in January, down 22% from 61,280 m.t. in December and 36% lower than 78,720 m.t. in the first month of 2014, Korea customs service data...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/toluene/Koreas-toluene-exports-fell-in-January_67805.html
February 16, 2015
South Korea’s styrene exports fell 13% in January, to 99,722 m.t. against 114,867 m.t. in December 2014 and shrank 17% from 121,415 m.t. year-on-year, Korea customs service data...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Korea-exports-less-styrene-in-January_67810.html
February 16, 2015
OCI N.V. (Amsterdam) announced today that it has formally commenced proceedings to demerge the company’s engineering and construction business from its fertilizer and chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/OCI-NV-details-plans-to-demerge-fertilizers-from-construction-operations_67807.html
February 13, 2015
Yara International (Oslo) said today that a feasibility study carried out on the company’s behalf has confirmed “significant potential” to extract potash in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Yara-seeking-partners-for-potash-project-in-Ethiopia_67777.html
February 13, 2015
The immediate result of declining crude oil prices on the petrochemical market has been destocking and a pause in investment, but in the longer term, demand will surge past earlier projections as lower energy costs boost economic growth, and supply will tighten, says Dave Witte, senior v.p. and general manager of IHS Chemical....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Oil-to-drive-near-term-petchem-weakness-longer-term-demand-surge-and-tighter-supply_67771.html
February 13, 2015
Advanced Petrochemical (Al Jubail) plans to shut its propylene and polypropylene (PP) plants at Al Jubail for three weeks of planned maintenance starting on 1 March, the company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Advanced-Petrochemical-to-shut-propylene-PP-plants-for-maintenance-in-March_67775.html
February 13, 2015
Propylene inventories in the United States were stable in the week ended 6 February, according to data released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA; Washington). US...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Propylene-stocks-stable-in-US_67774.html
February 12, 2015
Huntsman today announced that it will reduce its titanium dioxide (TiO2) production capacity by about 100,000 m.t./year, representing 13% of Huntsman's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Huntsman-confirms-plan-to-reduce-titanium-dioxide-capacity-in-Europe_67745.html
February 12, 2015
Three major steam cracker operators in South Korea have consecutively scheduled maintenance shutdown programs for at least one of their respective crackers over March–June. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Three-Korea-crackers-to-shut-consecutively-in-March-June-for-turnarounds_67744.html
February 12, 2015
Yeochun NCC (YNCC; Seoul) has scheduled maintenance shutdown programs for several of its petrochemical plants at its Yeosu, South Korea, complex between 14 May and 14 June, a source...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Yeochun-NCC-to-shut-several-plants-for-maintenance_67741.html
February 11, 2015
Production of ethylene in the Russian Federation declined by more than 10% during 2014 to a total of 2.4 million m.t. Production in 2013 reached 2.67 million m.t. The main reason for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Russian-ethylene-production-declines_67740.html
February 11, 2015
Industries Qatar, a shareholder in Qatar Fuels Additives (Qafac), has announced the official startup of a 145.5 million Qatari riyals ($40.0 million) carbon dioxide recovery facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Qafac-opens-CO2-recovery-unit-hikes-methanol-output_67739.html
February 11, 2015

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued on 9 February a preliminary determination approving a 750,000 m.t./year ammonia plant that BASF and Yara propose to build at Freeport, TX. BASF and Yara have not yet committed to the project, which was first announced in October 2013.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/caprolactam/TCEQ-gives-preliminary-approval-to-BASF-Yara-ammonia-project_67737.html
February 11, 2015
The board of directors of Grasim Industries has approved a proposed merger with Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) that would consolidate the Aditya Birla Group’s chlor-alkali business into Grasim....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Grasim-agrees-to-merger-with-Aditya-Birla-Chemicals-India_67724.html
February 11, 2015
EuroChem Group AG (Zug, Switzerland), a leading global producer of fertilizers, today reported consolidated revenues for the year ended 31 December 2014 of 193 billion Russian rubles...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/EuroChem-reports-net-loss-in-2014-as-the-Russian-currency-weakens_67723.html
February 11, 2015
Olin said Tuesday evening that due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control, a portion of the McIntosh, AL facility is unable to return to full operations following a planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Olin-declares-force-majeure-on-chlorine-and-salt-at-McIntosh-AL-site_67703.html
February 11, 2015
Yara International (Oslo), a major fertilizer player, today reported fourth-quarter net income after noncontrolling interests of 1.86 billion Norwegian kroner ($245.3 million)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Yara-raises-fourth-quarter-profits-and-sales-on-lower-gas-prices-and-stronger-dollar_67708.html
February 11, 2015
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) said in a state filing today that the EU-1592 and U-1092 cracking units at its Cedar Bayou, TX, olefins facility will start back up from planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/CPChem-to-restart-Cedar-Bayou-cracker_67702.html
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