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June 18, 2015
A consortium comprising the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and leading international investors, have agreed to invest in the development of ZapSibNeftekhim, Sibur’s...
June 18, 2015
DuSolo Fertilizers (Vancouver, BC), a producer and distributor of phosphate fertilizers within the Cerrado region of Brazil, one of the fasting-growing agricultural producing regions...
June 18, 2015
The toluene arbitrage window has been open this week for shipment from Asia and Europe to the United States, but most traders have been unwilling or unable to take advantage of it...
June 18, 2015
Japan’s production of benzene, toluene, and xylenes—down 7%, 19%, and 6% from April, respectively—fell for a second month running in May, the Japan Petrochemical...
June 18, 2015
Mitsui Chemicals plans to restart its olefins conversion unit at Osaka at the beginning of July, the company says. The unit was shut on 1 June because of a lack of feedstock, and the...
June 18, 2015
Cepsa (Madrid) expects to be back at normal operating rates at its phenol and acetone production unit at Huelva, Spain by July although a force majeure on these products remains...
June 17, 2015
Axiall (Atlanta) and Lotte Chemical (Seoul) have settled on arrangements for a joint venture to build and operate a 1 million m.t./year ethane cracker in Louisiana. The partners expect later this year to make a final investment decision on the project, which was first announced in February 2014....
June 17, 2015
Propylene inventories were higher in the United States during the week ended 12 June, according to data released Wednesday by the Energy Information Administration. Propane/propylene...
June 17, 2015
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, said on Wednesday that it will postpone maintenance on several of its manufacturing plants from 1 October this year to 30 March 2016. The company says...
June 17, 2015
Overall styrene inventories in eastern China rebounded this week to about 55,000 m.t. from 50,000 m.t. last week, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. The inventory was estimated about...
June 17, 2015
South Korea's exports of benzene were less than half in the first half of June compared with the whole of May, data obtained by IHS Chemical show. About 100,000 m.t. of benzene were...
June 17, 2015
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (Houston) says that its Evangeline ethylene pipeline is expected to resume partial commercial operations today and full commercial operations on 17 June at...
June 16, 2015
AkzoNobel and Evonik Industries on Tuesday confirmed plans announced in 2014 that they will build and operate a membrane electrolysis facility for chlorine and potassium hydroxide...
June 16, 2015
Borealis has declared force majeure on phenol and acetone supply from the company's Porvoo,  Finland site, effective 15 June and until further notice, the company has confirmed to...
June 16, 2015
The merger of Dow Chemical's chlor-alkali business with Olin has cleared the 30-day waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976, the companies say. "This important milestone marks progress toward the close of a seminal transaction maximizing return for both Dow and Olin shareholders and the advancement of Dow's targeted market participation and portfolio transformation strategies," says Andrew Liveris, Dow chairman and CEO....
June 16, 2015
PhosAgro (Moscow) said on Tuesday that it has officially inaugurated the Smart Bulk Terminal, its new fertilizer terminal at Ust-Luga. PhosAgro’s partner in the project is...
June 16, 2015
Potash West (Belmont, Australia), an exploration company, has commissioned Ercosplan (Erfurt, Germany) to oversee its technical operations involving the Thuringia potash project in...
June 16, 2015
Iran plans to expand capacity of its Kharg Island-based methanol plant under phase II of the development plan, local reports say. The complex is currently designed to produce 650,000...
June 16, 2015
Phosphate fertilizer producer MBAC Fertilizer (Toronto) on Monday said it had received revised proposals from third parties active in the fertilizer and agriculture sector. MBAC...
June 26, 2015
OCI NV (Amsterdam) on Tuesday announced it has closed the acquisition of BioMCN, a methanol producer and pioneer in biomethanol production based at Delfzijl, Netherlands for €15...
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