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July 14, 2015
Styrene monomer spot prices in Europe  are staying at recently inflated levels despite downward pressure on benzene as crude oil falls back below $60/bbl. Styrene spot prices...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Europe-styrene-spot-prices-hold-despite-lower-crude-pressure-on-benzene_71945.html
July 14, 2015
Braskem issued a filing with Texas state regulators for unplanned maintenance at its Freeport, TX, polypropylene (PP) facility, which was prompted by an emergency shutdown at a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Environmental-filing-indicates-production-issues-at-Freeport-facility_72120.html
July 13, 2015
Enterprise Products Partners (Houston) has announced several projects to increase pipeline capacity for polymer-grade propylene between 2017 and 2020. Enterprise will convert and expand the North Dean pipeline, currently configured for refinery-grade propylene; convert the Lou-Tex pipeline from chemical-grade propylene service to polymer-grade; and build a refinery-grade propylene pipeline between Sorrento and Breaux Bridge, LA....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Enterprise-to-increase-polymer-grade-propylene-pipeline-capacity_72046.html
July 13, 2015
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has been awarded a contract from Apatit, a subsidiary of the Russian fertilizer producer PhosAgro (Moscow), to supply a complete in-pit crushing and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/ThyssenKrupp-awarded-contract-for-phosphate-mine-facilities-in-Russia_72108.html
July 13, 2015
Styrene production had been expected to improve in North America into the third quarter after a couple of producers brought their plants back online at the end of June, but with Shell...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Shell-styrene-force-majeure-in-Canada-may-keep-North-American-supply-tight-through-fourth-quarter_72107.html
July 13, 2015
Saudi Arabian Fertilizers Co. (Safco), a Sabic affiliate, reports a 7% decline in second-quarter net earnings, to 596 million Saudi riyals ($158.9 million). Net income for the six...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Safcos-earnings-decline-on-lower-volumes-and-prices_72099.html
July 12, 2015
Following a landmark planning approval by the North York Moors National Park Authority of a controversial potash mine in the United Kingdom, the investor, Sirius Minerals (London), has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Sirius-Minerals-seeking-finance-for-UK-potash-mine-may-raise-capacity-of-the-project_72094.html
July 9, 2015
A new potash mining project is being planned in Belarus by Russian businessman Mikhail Gutseriev. His company, Slavkali was registered a few years ago in Minsk as a subsidiary of GMC...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Slavkali-plans-new-potash-project-in-Belarus-targeting-China-for-sales_72066.html
July 9, 2015
The European styrene customer reference price has been agreed at €1,325/m.t. ($1,459) cif Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA), down €73 against the June settlement. This...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Europe-styrene-customer-reference-price-for-July-&euro1325_72048.html
July 9, 2015

Dow Chemical confirms reports that it has requested the closure of a stretch of State Highway 332 near its Oyster Creek site at Freeport, TX, following a process upset that resulted in the release of trace amounts of hydrocarbons.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Dow-requests-road-closure-at-Freeport-TX-facility-after-trace-leak-from-process-upset_72045.html
July 9, 2015
CB&I on Thursday announced Carbon Holdings awarding it a contract for the license and basic engineering design of an ethylbenzene and styrene plant to be built at Ain Sokhna...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylbenzene/Egypt-awards-contract-to-CB-and-I-for-large-ethylbenzene-styrene-plant_72042.html
July 9, 2015
Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNK; Nizhnekamsk, Russia), a leading Russian producer of petrochemicals and part of the local TAIF Group (Kazan), has decided to divide its planned $9-billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Russian-petchems-firm-NKNK-splits-$9-billion-cracker-project-into-two-phases_72038.html
July 8, 2015
An unplanned shutdown has forced Shell to declared a force majeure on styrene monomer at Scotford, AB, where the company operates a refinery. Problems at the site mean that Shell...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Shell-declares-force-majeure-on-styrene-from-Canadian-site_72016.html
July 8, 2015

G2X Energy hopes to begin building its Lake Charles, LA, methanol project, Big Lake Fuels, by the end of 2015. The company says it has received all necessary state and federal permits.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/G2X-Energy-aims-to-begin-construction-of-Lake-Charles-methanol-plant-by-year-end_72014.html
July 8, 2015
BASF says it will begin increasing the price for caprolactam and nylon-6 polymer by 10 cts/lb in North America, effective 15 July or as contracts allow. Effective 1 August or as...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/caprolactam/BASF-to-raise-prices-of-caprolactam-nylon-6-and-styrene-butadiene-polymers-in-North-America_71999.html
July 7, 2015
Leading potash producer Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia) on Tuesday announced its production results for the second quarter and first half of this year. Uralkali produced 3.0 million m.t...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-reports-decline-in-output-of-potash-in-second-quarter-and-first-half_71975.html
July 7, 2015
Oman has asked engineering companies to submit proposals for a previously announced, world-scale acetic acid project, planned at Duqm, Oman, by a joint venture between Oman Oil Co. and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/Oman-progresses-with-Duqm-acetic-acid-project_71974.html
July 7, 2015
Koppers International (Pittsburgh; Koppers) says its majority-owned jv Koppers Jiangsu Carbon Chemical Co. (KJCC; Jiangsu, China) has restructured a soft-pitch supply agreement with C-Chem Jiangsu Needle Coke Co. (CJNC; Jiangsu, China) for a one-time payment of $30 million. CJNC’s facility have not begun operations as planned, and KJCC has had to sell its product into “a challenging domestic market” since July 2014, Koppers explains....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/phthalic_anhydride/Koppers-revises-supply-agreement-with-C-Chem-for-$30-million_71982.html
July 7, 2015
Orica on Tuesday said that, in response to challenging market conditions, it is adjusting its ammonium nitrate operation at the Yarwun site in Gladstone, Australia. “While we...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Orica-to-reduce-ammonium-nitrate-capacity-because-of-oversupply_71964.html
July 6, 2015
Western Potash Corp (Vancouver) said on Monday that Beijing Tairui Innovation Capital Management has agreed to make a strategic equity investment of C$80 million ($63.2 million) in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Chinese-private-equity-firm-makes-offer-to-buy-majority-stake-in-Western-Potash_71957.html
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