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May 8, 2014
The first phase of Iran's Ilam petrochemical complex was inaugurated yesterday by Iranian President Hassan Rohani, according to a report from state news agency Irna. The complex, built...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Report-Iran-inaugurates-first-phase-of-Ilam-petchem-complex_60897.html
May 8, 2014
Tronox reports a first quarter net loss of $58 million, versus a year-ago loss of $51 million, as improved pigment sales were offset by weaker results in the mineral sands segment. The 51 cent loss per share fell well below the analysts’ consensus estimate of a 27 cent loss per share. Net sales totaled $418 million, down 11% year-over-year....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Tronox-earnings-down-on-weak-mineral-sands-but-pigments-improve_60901.html
May 8, 2014
The European Commission says it has approved the proposed merger of the European chlorvinyls businesses of Ineos and Solvay, subject to the divestment by Ineos of suspension polyvinyl...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_dichloride/EU-approves-Ineos-Solvay-chlorvinyls-merger-subject-to-PVC-EDC-chlor-alkali-divestments_60896.html
May 8, 2014
BASF and Yara have selected BASF’s Freeport, TX site to build their previously announced ammonia plant. The proposed plant will be designed to produce 750,000 m.t./year of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/BASF-and-Yara-select-Freeport-TX-site-for-ammonia-production-joint-venture_60891.html
May 7, 2014
Empresa Nacional del Petróleo (ENAP; Santiago) will close its steam cracker at Hualpén, Chile, and a Dow Chemical subsidiary in the country will shutter its low-density...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Reports-Dow-and-ENAP-to-close-units-in-Chile_60859.html
May 7, 2014
Toyo Engineering in cooperation with SOG - Oleo e Gás, a leading engineering company in Brazil, has been awarded a contract from Petrobras to build a new ammonia plant, UFN-5...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Toyo-Engineering-to-build-ammonia-plant-for-Petrobras-in-Brazil_60852.html
May 7, 2014
There is a ready market for a second ethane cracker at Williams’s Geismar, LA, site, says Steve Lewandowski, senior director/global olefins at IHS Chemical. Ethylene is short in Louisiana, and there is a long list of ethylene consumers that would benefit from participation in the proposed venture, he says....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/IHS-Second-Williams-cracker-at-Geismar-would-address-regional-ethylene-shortage_60838.html
May 7, 2014
BASF’s proposal to build a world-scale methane-to-propylene (MTP) complex on the US Gulf Coast is strategically sound, and it may also be tactically savvy, says Chuck Carr, senior director/global olefins at IHS Chemical. BASF needs to address the shrinking supply of propylene produced by North America's steam crackers, and on-purpose production is most likely the answer. At the same time, the choice of MTP over propane dehydrogenation (PDH) suggests that BASF may expect the gap between crude oil and natural gas prices to grow over the long term, providing an advantage to production from methane....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/IHS-BASFs-methane-to-propylene-evaluation-for-US-Gulf-Coast-is-wise-move_60842.html
May 6, 2014
Mosaic today reported net income down 43% year-on-year (YOY), to $218 million, or 54 cts/share, on sales down 13%, to $2 billion. "While weather continued to create challenges in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Mosaic-earnings-fall-on-lower-selling-prices_60828.html
May 6, 2014
AkzoNobel today officially inaugurated a membrane-process chlorine plant at the Höchst, Germany, industrial park, near Frankfurt. Management, employees, customers, and politicians...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/AkzoNobel-inaugurates-chlor-alkali-plant-in-Germany-CEO-confirms-targets_60827.html
May 6, 2014

OxyChem, the chemical segment of Occidental Petroleum, has reported earnings for the first quarter of $136 million, down 14% year-on-year. The company attributes the decrease to lower caustic soda prices driven by new chlor-alkali capacity. However, the company says higher polyvinyl chloride and vinyl chloride margins, resulting from improvement in US construction markets, and higher volumes across all products offset most of the decline.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/vinyl_chloride/OxyChem-earnings-down-on-caustic-prices_60824.html
May 6, 2014
Axiall (Atlanta) reports a net loss for first-quarter 2014 of $11.6 million versus a loss of $3.5 million in the year-ago period. A 17-cts/share loss matched the analysts’ consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Reuters. Sales fell 10% year-on-year, to $994 million....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/vinyl_chloride/VCM-outage-weather-cut-into-Axiall-earnings_60823.html
May 6, 2014
Westlake Chemical (Houston) reports net income for the first quarter of $158 million, up 28% year-on-year on improved olefin margins and volumes. Earnings totaled $1.18/share, 4% above the analysts’ consensus estimate as compiled by Thomson Reuters....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Westlake-income-up-28-percent-as-olefins-gain-offsets-vinyls-loss_60780.html
May 6, 2014
A new methane-to-ethylene process developed by Siluria Technologies appears to be both technologically and economically viable, and it could improve the relative cost position of ethylene producers in Europe and Asia, say analysts at IHS....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/IHS-Model-shows-strong-economics-for-Silurias-methane-to-ethylene-process_60784.html
May 2, 2014
From a supply and demand standpoint, there will be no fundamental change to the US ethylene system as a result of Westlake Chemical’s move to carve out its ethylene assets into a Master Limited Partnership (MLP)....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/INSIGHT-Westlake-ethylene-MLP-leverages-tax-advantages-and-frees-capital-for-investment_60711.html
May 2, 2014
There has been a slight uptick in phenol and phenol derivatives demand in Europe partly as result of an improved economic outlook, notably in the automotive sector, and an absence of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetone/Phenol-prices-firm-up-in-Europe-but-longer-term-sentiment-is-bearish_60758.html
May 2, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries has received a key permit required in the company's ethylene expansion program, the company announced today. The investments are expected to provide an...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/LyondellBasell-gets-permit-for-ethylene-expansion-at-Corpus-Christi_60762.html
May 1, 2014
Williams is considering the construction of a second ethane cracker at its Geismar, LA, facility. The company currently envisions a greenfield project in which joint-venture partners would build associated derivative capacity....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-looks-at-joint-venture-ethane-cracker-for-Geismar_60747.html
May 1, 2014
Nova Chemicals reports first quarter profit of $245 million, up 32% year-over-year (YOY) on gains in the olefins/polyolefins business unit. Sales totaled $1.38 billion, up 10% YOY....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Nova-Chemicals-profits-up-32-percent-on-polyethylene-earnings_60729.html
May 1, 2014
Sonatrach (Algiers) and the Villar Mir (Madrid) conglomerate signed two agreements related to their fertilizer activities in Algeria, local media sources report. The first agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Reports-Sonatrach-and-Spanish-conglomerate-sign-agreements-related-to-fertilizer-JVs_60731.html
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