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February 4, 2014
A disagreement over the distribution of local tax revenue threatens to slow, or even stop, Vale's (Rio de Janeiro) Carnalita potash project in the state of Sergipe, in northeastern...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Reports-Local-tax-disagreement-threatens-Vale-potash-project-in-Brazil_58533.html
February 3, 2014
Migao (Beijing), a specialty potash fertilizer producer, has opened an NPK production line at its Migao facility in Luliang, Yunnan Province, China, the company says. The facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Migao-opens-NPK-production-in-China_58509.html
February 3, 2014
Sahara Petrochemical Co. and Saudi Arabian Mining Co. announced today that they have completed test runs on their chlor-alkali and ethylene dichloride (EDC) complex at Al Jubail. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_dichloride/Sahara-and-Maaden-complete-test-runs-on-chlor-alkali-EDC-complex_58506.html
January 30, 2014

LSB Industries (Oklahoma City) must make additional repairs to the anhydrous ammonia plant at its Pryor, OK, facility, the company says. LSB will also perform maintenance while the plant is down. LSB has not indicated when the repairs will be completed.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/LSB-to-make-additional-repairs-to-Pryor-ammonia-plant_58435.html
January 30, 2014
Methanex (Vancouver) reports net income for the fourth quarter of $128 million, up from a loss of $140 million. Earnings per share of $1.72 easily beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $1.57. Sales increased 32% year-on-year (YOY), to $881 million, on increased volumes and higher selling prices. Adjusted net income for the quarter totaled $167 million, up 42% over the third quarter and 174% YOY. Sales volumes increased 6.5% over the third quarter and 12% YOY, to 2.13 million m.t.
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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Methanex-swings-to-profit-on-high-volumes-increased-prices_58424.html
January 30, 2014
OxyChem, the chemical segment of Occidental Petroleum, reports fourth-quarter earnings of $128 million, down 29% year-on-year (YOY) from $180 million. Occidental attributes the result to higher energy and ethylene costs and lower caustic soda prices....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/vinyl_chloride/OxyChem-earnings-down-on-higher-ethylene-energy-costs-lower-chlor-alkali-prices_58429.html
January 30, 2014
Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem; Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia) said today that it has restarted production at its methanol and carbon monoxide plants at Al Jubail, following...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Sipchem-restarts-production-of-methanol-after-unscheduled-shutdown_58418.html
January 29, 2014
Olefin production went down in Western Europe during the last quarter of 2013, compared with the same quarter of the previous year, according to figures released by the Association of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Western-Europes-olefin-production-declined-in-fourth-quarter-of-2013_58390.html
January 29, 2014
Dakota Gasification Co.’s (Dakota Gas; Bismarck, ND) board has approved the construction of a previously announced urea production facility at the company’s Great Plains...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Dakota-Gas-board-approves-urea-project-at-Beulah_58385.html
January 29, 2014
SK Innovation’s subsidiary SK Incheon Petrochem has suspended construction work on a para-xylene (p-xylene) project at Incheon, South Korea, reports say citing an...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/paraxylene/SK-Innovation-suspends-construction-work-on-p-xylene-project-in-Korea_58382.html
January 29, 2014
The Taiwanese government earlier this week approved construction of a $15-billion refinery and petrochemical project on mainland China under certain conditions, CW has learned. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Taiwan-conditionally-approves-petchems-project-on-mainland-China_58380.html
January 29, 2014
Hengyi Industries (Hangzhou, China) and the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) have signed a land lease agreement for a previously announced integrated oil refinery and aromatics...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Hengyi-and-Brunei-sign-land-lease-agreement-for-refinery-and-petchems-complex_58383.html
January 28, 2014
Yara International announced today that it has entered into shipbuilding contracts with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for the construction and delivery of three 20,600–cubic meters...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Yara-invests-in-ammonia-vessels-seeks-shipping-management-partners_58349.html
January 28, 2014
Tata Chemicals (Mumbai) is planning to invest 400 million rupees ($6.35 million) to double the production capacity at its single superphosphate (SSP) plant at Haldia, India, according...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Report-Tata-Chemicals-to-double-capacity-of-SSP-plant-in-India_58366.html
January 27, 2014

Olin reported fourth quarter net income of $24.7 million, down 29% year-over-year (YOY), on sales of $562.1 million, down 4% YOY. Reported earnings fell 28% YOY to 31 cts/diluted share, but equaled the analyst consensus.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Olin-earnings-fall-on-weaker-chlor-alkali-but-meet-estimates_58346.html
January 27, 2014
Phosagro (Moscow), a leading producer of phosphate fertilizers, is considering merger of its subsidiaries to save costs and improve shareholder value, CEO Andrey Guryev...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Phosagro-considers-merger-of-units-giving-up-Indian-market_58324.html
January 26, 2014
Canpotex, the North American potash cartel owned by PotashCorp., Mosaic and Agrium, said on Friday that it has reached an agreement with Sinochem Fertilizer Macao Commercial Offshore...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Canpotex-signs-deal-to-supply-potash-to-China_58318.html
January 24, 2014
Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW; Vancouver, WA) has proposed to build two large-scale methanol plants in the US Pacific Northwest. The proposed facilities would each cost $1 billion...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Chinese-group-plans-two-mega-methanol-plants-in-US-Pacific-Northwest-to-supply-olefins-feedstock_58289.html
January 24, 2014
Repsol's A Coruña, Spain refinery-petrochemical complex has restarted after a 50-day general stoppage, the longest in the 50-year history of the site, according to a report from...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Repsol-refinery-petchem-complex-restarts-after-planned-maintenance_58304.html
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