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October 8, 2014
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners has completed the $295-million acquisition of Chevron Petrochemical Pipeline, which owns the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system. The pipeline will be operated by Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream (BLM), a subsidiary....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Boardwalk-completes-acquisition-of-Evangeline-ethylene-pipeline_64355.html
October 8, 2014
PTT Global Chemical (Bangkok) has partnered with Marubeni (Tokyo) to develop an ethane cracker and derivatives project in the Marcellus Shale region of the United States, says a local report. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, quoting unnamed sources, the partners are considering three locations: the Mon River Industrial Park at Allenport, PA; and a site each in West Virginia and Ohio....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Reports-PTTGC-partnering-with-Marubeni-on-Marcellus-cracker-project_64108.html
October 8, 2014
A steam leak this morning at Shell's Moerdijk, Netherlands facility has impacted operations at the site. The leak has since been resolved, the company says. "However, the effects...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Leak-at-Shell-Moerdijk-impacts-operations-styrene-prices-inch-upward_64240.html
October 8, 2014
Saras Group (Sarroch, Italy) has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire certain downstream processing units and related personnel at Versalis's plant at Sarroch. Financial...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Saras-to-acquire-Versalis-assets-in-Sardinia_64290.html
October 8, 2014
India has imposed definitive antidumping duties on phenol imports from the United States and Taiwan, India's Ministry of Finance has announced. This duty, effective retroactively from...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/phenol/India-imposes-definitive-antidumping-duties-on-US-Taiwan-phenol-exports_64281.html
October 8, 2014

Trinseo (Berwyn, PA),  formerly Styron, says it is reorganizing its business divisions into two groups and reassigning members of the executive team. A newly created performance materials division will include rubber, latex, and performance plastics consisting of the automotive and consumer essential markets businesses. A new basic plastics and feedstocks division will include styrenic polymers—polystyrene, ABS, SAN—polycarbonate, and styrene monomer.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Trinseo-realigns-businesses-leadership_64342.html
October 8, 2014
BP has declared force majeure on production at the company's Hull-Saltend site in the United Kingdom. The declaration is effective from 00.01am on  4 October, BP says. BP's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/BP-declares-force-majeure-on-acetic-acid-and-acetic-anhydride-at-UK-site_64339.html
October 8, 2014
Linde Engineering North America (Blue Bell, PA), a Linde subsidiary, is building an ammonia plant for J.R. Simplot (Boise, ID) adjacent to Simplot's existing phosphate fertilizer...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Linde-to-build-ammonia-plant-for-J-R-Simplot-phosphate-complex-in-Wyoming_64337.html
October 8, 2014
Leucadia National Corp. (New York) has announced that it will not proceed with its Lake Charles Clean Energy (LCCE) project, which would have used gasification technology to convert...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Leucadia-pulls-out-of-Lake-Charles-petroleum-coke-to-methanol-project_64336.html
October 7, 2014
Yara International, a global leading producer of fertilizers, says that Jørgen Ole Haslestad, long-serving CEO, resigned today. "Yara's board has concluded that Haslestad...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Yara-appoints-acting-CEO-since-former-incumbent-not-right-to-lead-company_64309.html
October 6, 2014
Potash Ridge (Toronto) has entered into a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a third-party marketer for the sulfuric acid production from its Blawn Mountain...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Potash-Ridge-signs-sulfuric-acid-offtake-agreement_64278.html
October 6, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of potash fertilizers, today announced its third-quarter production results. Production was up...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-reports-higher-potash-production-in-third-quarter-and-first-nine-months_64285.html
October 3, 2014
Styrene spot prices jumped Friday as buyers continued to seek material following reports that a steam leak affected production at Shell's Moerdijk, Netherlands, facility. Two separate...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Styrene-spot-prices-in-Europe-climb-following-incident-at-Moerdijk_64265.html
October 3, 2014
EuroChem (Moscow), one of the world’s leading fertilizer companies, today announced a corporate reorganization, including plans to redomicile its headquarters to Zug...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Russias-EuroChem-to-move-headquarters-to-Switzerland_64263.html
October 3, 2014
Rentech Nitrogen (Los Angeles), North America’s largest producer of synthetic granular ammonium sulfate (AS) fertilizer, has announced plans to restructure its unprofitable...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Rentech-to-cut-jobs-and-fertilizer-output-at-Pasadena-facility_64251.html
October 2, 2014
EPA has granted a Greenhouse Gas Prevention of Significant Deterioration (GHG PSD) permit to OCI’s planned world-scale methanol plant at Beaumont, TX. At 1.75 million m.t./year, OCI’s plant will be the largest in the US when it begins production in late 2016, but it will hold the title for only one year if Southern Louisiana Methanol successfully commissions its 1.86 million  m.t./year plant in Convent, LA, in 2017....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/EPA-grants-GHG-PSD-permit-to-OCIs-Beaumont-TX-methanol-project_64239.html
October 2, 2014
Brazil's antitrust body CADE (Brasilia) has approved the acquisition of Innova (Triunfo, Brazil), a subsidiary of Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro), by plastic packaging and styrene producer...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylbenzene/Brazil-antitrust-body-approves-Videolar-acquisition-of-Petrobras-styrenic-assets_64231.html
October 2, 2014
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC; Tokyo) said today that it will quit the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) business at the end of March 2015. MGC and Toyobo are partners in Mizushima...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/paraxylene/Mitsubishi-Gas-Chemical-to-quit-PTA-business-p-xylene-plants-future-questionable_64230.html
October 2, 2014
Yara International said today that it has obtained the relevant regulatory approvals and closed the acquisition of OFD Holding, allowing the integration process to begin. The OFD...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Yara-completes-acquisition-of-Latin-American-fertilizer-player-OFD-Holding_64225.html
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