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January 20, 2015
Highfield Resources (Pamplona, Spain) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the port authority of Passaia/Pasajés, northern Spain, the company announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Australian-firm-signs-potash-export-MOU-with-port-authority-in-Spain_66290.html
January 19, 2015
As long as the Boardwalk Pipeline’s Evangeline ethylene pipeline system remains down, US ethylene sources expect spot prices at the Choctaw ethylene storage hub at Plaquemine...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/US-Choctaw-ethylene-prices-to-stay-above-Mont-Belvieu-with-Evangeline-Pipeline-down_66986.html
January 19, 2015
Styrene prices in Europe were lower than in the United States last week, resulting in an open arbitrage window, but product is unlikely to actually move between the two regions...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrene-movement-from-Europe-to-US-unlikely-despite-arbitrage-window_66963.html
January 19, 2015
The European market for styrene is the weakest regional market worldwide for spot material, and ongoing sluggish domestic demand is prompting sellers to take a fresh look at export...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Europes-styrene-producers-look-for-export-opportunities_66966.html
January 16, 2015
National Fertilizers Ltd. (NFL), Engineers India, and Fertilizer Corporation of India earlier this week signed an agreement to form a joint venture to construct a fertilizer complex...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Indian-firms-form-joint-venture-to-build-fertilizer-complex_66928.html
January 16, 2015
Sources in the US market for aromatics said this week that petrochemical producers’ attention is already focused on planned maintenance turnarounds in February before the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/cumene/Seasonal-turnaround-plans-emerging-for-aromatics-in-the-US_66926.html
January 16, 2015
South Korea's benzene exports surged 35% in 2014 versus 2013 as new aromatics plants started operations, Korea Customs Service statistics show. About 1.88 million m.t. was exported...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/South-Koreas-2014-benzene-exports-surged-35-percent-on-plant-start-ups_66925.html
January 16, 2015
Japan's ethylene production totaled 631,200 m.t. in December 2014, up 1.5% from 622,000 m.t. in the previous December, according to figures released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Japans-ethylene-production-up-1-5-percent-in-December_66923.html
January 16, 2015
Declining crude oil futures, ample supply, and weaker propylene prices in Asia are maintaining downward pressure on the US market for propylene. The continued weakness, which follows...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Weak-fundamentals-persist-for-propylene-in-the-US_66922.html
January 16, 2015
Lotte Chemical (Seoul) plans to shut its Daesan, South Korea, butadiene extraction unit for seven days in late January because of a technical hitch, a source close to the company said...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Lotte-Chemical-to-shut-Daesan-butadiene-unit-late-this-month-for-repairs_66920.html
January 16, 2015
Higher production, fewer turnarounds, and a plant restart enabled South Korea to export 1.42 million m.t. of styrene to China in 2014, a 22% spike from 1.16 million m.t. in 2013, Korea...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/South-Koreas-styrene-exports-to-China-jumped-in-2014-on-higher-operating-rates-fewer-turnarounds_66917.html
January 15, 2015
The ongoing failure of Asia's monthly para-xylene (p-xylene) contract price mechanism to reach a settlement is creating frustration in Europe, which has historically relied on Asia to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/paraxylene/Delays-to-Asia-p-xylene-contract-settlements-cause-frustration-in-Europe_66860.html
January 15, 2015
Versalis, the chemicals subsidiary of ENI (Rome), has announced the temporary restart of the company's naphtha cracker at Porto Marghera, Italy, as part of a supply agreement with...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Versalis-confirms-restart-of-Porto-Marghera-cracker-to-supply-Shell_66850.html
January 15, 2015
BP has lifted force majeure on acetic acid as well as acetic anhydride at the company's Hull-Saltend, UK  site, the company announced today. The force majeure was lifted effective...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/BP-lifts-acetic-acid-force-majeure-at-UK-site_66854.html
January 15, 2015
Borealis has divested a package of proprietary fertilizer process technologies—including for the production of nitric acid, ammonium nitrate solution, and urea ammonium...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Borealis-divests-proprietary-fertilizer-technologies-to-Casale_66851.html
January 15, 2015
Prompt aromatics moved up in the US market yesterday, as prices firmed on the back of stronger crude oil futures. NYMEX West Texas Intermediate crude futures had their strongest gain...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Aromatics-prices-rise-in-the-US-on-higher-crude-futures_66849.html
January 15, 2015
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (Houston) says that it has no timeline for when the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system will be back up and running. The Evangeline pipeline, which...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Boardwalk-No-timeframe-to-bring-ethylene-pipeline-back-online_66848.html
January 15, 2015
The US ethylene market picked up slightly early yesterday on news that two steam crackers were offstream in Texas. ExxonMobil Chemical was having issues with a cracker at its Beaumont...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Ethylene-prices-up-in-the-US-on-cracker-issues-in-Texas_66846.html
January 14, 2015
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia) produced 2.9 million m.t. of potassium chloride (KCl) in the last quarter of 2014, slightly above the 2.8 million m.t. produced one year earlier, the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkalis-potash-production-up-in-fourth-quarter_66818.html
January 14, 2015
Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell say they have decided not to proceed with the proposed Al Karaana petrochemicals project in Qatar and to stop further work on the project. “The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Qatar-Petroleum-Shell-scrap-$6-5-billion-petchems-project-in-Qatar_66817.html
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