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September 24, 2013
Ineos Phenol and Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. (YPC) have begun construction of a 650,000-m.t./year phenol-acetone facility at Nanjing, China, the companies announced on 23 September. They expect the facility, which will include a 550,000-m.t./year cumene plant, to be operational by the end of 2016.
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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetone/Ineos-Phenol-and-Sinopec-YPC-break-ground-on-$500-million-phenol-acetone-project_55380.html
September 24, 2013
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the world's largest producers of potash, says it has been informed by Chengdong Investment Corp. (CIC) that CIC has acquired a 12.5% stake in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/China-acquires-12-5-percent-stake-in-Uralkali_55393.html
September 24, 2013
Arab Potash Co. (APC; Amman, Jordan) will operate its facilities at a reduced rate for the foreseeable future, according to a company filing with the Amman Stock Exchange. The decision...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Arab-Potash-Co-to-operate-at-20-percent-of-capacity-until-potash-market-improves_55387.html
September 24, 2013
Arkema says it presented a plan late last week to its central works council to cease activities at the company's Chauny, France site. Production at the Chauny site will cease...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/phthalic_anhydride/Arkema-presents-plan-to-close-plasticizer-site-in-France_55357.html
September 23, 2013
Agrium announced today that it is raising its annual dividend by 50%, to $3/share. The dividend will be paid in quarterly installments of 75 cts/share, the company says. The next...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Agrium-increases-annual-dividend-by-50-percent-expects-volume-declines_55366.html
September 20, 2013
Petrofac (St Helier, Jersey) in a consortium with Linde and GS Engineering & Construction (Seoul), has received an order from KLPE Limited Liability Partnership, a joint venture...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Petrofac-consortium-receives-order-for-petchems-complex-in-Kazakhstan_55323.html
September 19, 2013
"There is intolerable energy pressure on the chlorine industry now," said Alistair Steel, executive director at industry association Euro Chlor, in comments to Euro Chlor's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Euro-Chlor-annual-meeting-Intolerable-energy-pressure-on-the-chlorine-industry_55253.html
September 19, 2013
China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) is expected to join a $2.5-billion petrochemical project planned in Uzbekistan, according to Uzbekistani government sources. CNPC has signed a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/CNPC-to-join-petrochemical-project-in-Uzbekistan_55255.html
September 18, 2013
Potash West (Belmont, Australia) is seeing positive results from a scoping study targeting single superphosphate (SSP) production at the company's wholly owned Dandaragan Trough...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Australian-phosphate-project-study-ends-with-favorable-results_55225.html
September 18, 2013
Sirius Minerals' (London) previously announced York  Potash Project in the United Kingdom will be delayed for one year, the company has announced. Sirius requires approval from...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Approval-for-UK-potash-project-delayed-until-at-least-July-2014_55220.html
September 17, 2013
Huntsman and Rockwood today announced that Huntsman will buy Rockwood’s titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments business, as well as other businesses, for $1.33 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Huntsman-to-buy-Rockwoods-pigments-additives-businesses-for-$1-33-billion-update_55211.html
September 16, 2013
Mosaic announced today that it is updating its guidance for the third quarter 2013, ending 30 September, including its near-term price, volume and gross margin guidance, as well as its...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Mosaic-updates-volume-price-guidance-for-the-third-quarter_55200.html
September 16, 2013
Arkema will convene a central workers' council on 19 September to discuss closing production facilities at a site at Chauny, France, in March 2014, the company confirmed today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/phthalic_anhydride/Arkema-to-convene-workers-council-to-discuss-closing-plasticizer-unit-in-France_55180.html
September 16, 2013
CF Industries says that chairman and CEO Stephen Wilson plans to retire his position as CEO on 1 January 2014. The current senior v.p./manufacturing and distribution, Tony Will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/CF-Industries-CEO-announces-retirement_55178.html
September 16, 2013
Lanxess is acquiring the French subsidiary of the insolvent Thermphos (Vlissingen, Netherlands), which will expand Lanxess’s portfolio of phosphorus-based chemicals. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/phosphorous/Lanxess-acquires-French-subsidiary-of-Thermphos-producer-of-phosphorus-based-chemicals_55172.html
September 13, 2013
Russian investor Suleiman Kerimov is selling his stake in Russian potash producer Uralkali to investor Vladimir Kogan for $3.7 billion, according to reports. A representative for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Report-Major-Uralkali-shareholder-to-sell-$3-7-billion-stake_55150.html
September 13, 2013
South Louisiana Methanol (SLM) has hired Fluor to engineer and design its 5,000-m.t./day gas-to-methanol project, which will be sited in St. James Parish, LA. SLM, a partnership of Zero Emission Energy Plants (Austin, TX) and Todd (Wellington, New Zealand), announced the project in February and aims to commission the plant in 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/South-Louisiana-Methanol-hires-Fluor-to-design-Louisiana-gas-to-methanol-project_55149.html
September 12, 2013
Pemex Petroquímica (Coatzacoalcos), the petrochemical subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City); and Mexichem  (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) have fulfilled the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/vinyl_chloride/Mexichem-enters-VCM-venture-with-Pemex_55128.html
September 12, 2013
Dangote Industries (Lagos) says it has signed a $3.3-billion loan agreement with a consortium of local and international banks, which will be used for the construction of the biggest...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Dangote-Industries-to-build-refinery-PP-and-fertilizer-plants-in-Nigeria_55069.html
September 11, 2013
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the global-leading producers of potash, has announced a major decline in revenues and earnings in the first six months of this year. The company is...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralkali-calls-for-CEOs-release-from-detention-posts-lower-sales-earnings_55090.html
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