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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
January 14, 2015
The availability of pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) has lengthened in Europe, leading to export shipments to the United States totaling an estimated 50,000 m.t. in the past month.  ...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Competing-cracker-benzene-dynamics-create-glut-of-pygas-in-Europe_66816.html
January 13, 2015
Artlant PTA (Sines, Portugal), the shares of which are partly owned by former polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producer La Seda de Barcelona (El Prat Llobregat, Spain), has once again...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/Artlant-postpones-PTA-restart-to-September-Europe-remains-well-supplied_66798.html
January 13, 2015
A pair of refinery fires over the weekend resulted in the unplanned shutdown of the refineries. As aromatics markets opened on 12 January, news of the accidents was overshadowed by the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Refinery-fires-little-affect-aromatics-markets-in-US_66785.html
January 13, 2015
Gazprom neftekhim Salavat (Salavat, Russia) has achieved higher utilization rates at its Salavat-based ethylene complex. The company for the first time produced 1,008 m.t./day of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Russian-petchem-producer-raises-ethylene-capacity-utilization-rate_66782.html
January 13, 2015
Styrene consumers in Europe may seek to increase their spot purchases at the expense of contract volumes during 2015 because the spread between contract and spot prices widened during...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrene-spot-purchases-could-increase-in-Europe-during-2015_66795.html
January 13, 2015
Spot aromatics prices fell in Asia for a second day running today. Offers dropped below late yesterday's bids as crude futures stood at lows of more than five-and-a-half years. This...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Aromatics-markets-continue-to-sink-in-Asia-as-weak-crude-leads-to-offer-cuts_66777.html
January 12, 2015
Sirius Minerals (London), which is developing a large chlorine-free potash project in the United Kingdom, today announced its first take-or-pay offtake agreement in the animal feed...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Sirius-Minerals-signs-its-first-animal-feed-offtake-deal_66746.html
January 12, 2015
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) launched its Potash for Growth program in Ethiopia today. The program is designed to promote balanced fertilization among Ethiopia's small and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/ICL-launches-program-to-promote-fertilizer-use-in-Ethiopia_66742.html
January 12, 2015
Spot prices for aromatics fell again in Asia today, threatening to dip below the 67–70-month weekly lows recorded last week, as volatile Brent crude futures fell below $49/bbl in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Asia-aromatics-prices-threaten-to-outstrip-70-month-lows-as-crude-falls-again_66737.html
January 9, 2015
The styrene-over-benzene spread dipped below $200/m.t. in the European market on 7 January and today for only the second time since September 2014. Falling energy numbers have been...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Europes-styrene-benzene-spread-dips-below-$200m-t-_66712.html
January 9, 2015
Two surprises greeted US Gulf Coast ethylene buyers returning from New Year’s holidays this week: a maintenance shutdown at CPChem’s Cedar Bayou complex in Baytown, TX; and unconfirmed reports of operational issues on Boardwalk’s Evangeline ethylene pipeline. The market took the news from CPChem in its stride, but spot prices fell sharply on rumors about the pipeline....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/New-Years-surprises-for-US-Gulf-ethylene-market_66717.html
January 9, 2015
Sabic's European regional subsidiary is encountering "system issues," and the company does not yet know when these issues will be fully resolved and when business will be...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Sabic-Europe-encounters-system-issues-at-Europe-production-sites_66716.html
January 9, 2015
Chandra Asri (Jakarta) is operating its naphtha cracker and butadiene extraction unit at Cilegon, Indonesia, at reduced rates, after the cracker was restarted on 29 December...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Chandra-Asri-runs-cracker-butadiene-plant-at-reduced-rates-after-restart_66705.html
January 8, 2015
Production of olefins increased in Western Europe in the first nine months of 2014 compared with the same period of the previous year, and third-quarter production was up year-on-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Third-quarter-olefin-production-rises-in-Western-Europe_66647.html
January 8, 2015
Cepsa (Madrid) has lifted force majeure on the supply of cumene and phenol from the company's Huelva, Spain, production complex, a company source confirmed today.  Force...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/cumene/Cepsa-lifts-cumene-phenol-force-majeure-at-Huelva_66646.html
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