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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
October 1, 2014

Oxea (Dallas) has lifted force majeure on oxo intermediates produced at its Bay City, TX, facility. “The plant repairs have been completed successfully, and the facility is running at full rates,” the company says. “All sales controls that were in place have now been lifted.”

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/oxoalcohols/Oxea-lifts-force-majeure-on-Bay-City-oxo-intermediates_64202.html
October 1, 2014
An accident occurred at PKN Orlen's (Płock, Poland) olefins production plant at Płock this morning, the company has confirmed. A small ignition of gaseous hydrocarbon components took...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Accident-at-PKN-Orlens-olefins-unit-injures-six_64201.html
October 1, 2014
Huntsman today closed its $1.28-billion acquisition of Rockwood's titanium dioxide business, as well as four other businesses. The other businesses include color pigments, timber...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Huntsman-closes-Rockwood-titanium-dioxide-acquisition_64180.html
October 1, 2014
PhosAgro (Moscow), a leading, integrated phosphate fertilizer producer, announced today that it is considering increasing exports to Brazil following a decision by Camex, the Brazilian...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-to-increase-exports-to-Brazil-after-suspending-import-duties-on-DAP_64186.html
September 30, 2014
Styrolution says it will begin production of NAS and Zylar transparent styrene copolymers at a new plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in early October. The company has already begun production of NAS in Decatur, AL....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrolution-completes-transparent-styrene-copolymer-projects_64153.html
September 30, 2014
Borealis and Neste Jacobs (Porvoo, Finland) have signed an agreement, under which Neste Jacobs will provide engineering, procurement, and construction management services for an...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Borealis-selects-Neste-Jacobs-to-upgrade-Stenungsund-cracker-to-use-more-ethane_64140.html
September 30, 2014
Energochemica (Prague) says it plans to build a membrane-cell chlor-alkali plant at the Strázske, Slovakia manufacturing site of the company's Chemko subsidiary. The project...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Czech-based-firm-plans-membrane-cell-chlor-alkali-plant-in-Slovakia_64152.html
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