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May 28, 2014
Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, has reached a deal to acquire propylene maker PetroLogistics for $2.1 billion....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Flint-Hills-Resources-to-acquire-PetroLogistics-for-$2-1-billion_61356.html
May 27, 2014
HF Chlor Alkali has selected the Ineos Bichlor bipolar electrolyzers for apreviously announced chlor-alkali plant now under construction at Eddyville, lA. The plant is being built...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/HF-Chlor-Alkali-selects-Ineos-technology-for-plant-in-Iowa_61346.html
May 27, 2014
BASF is likely to use its own technology in a previously announced, world-scale methane-to-propylene plant using shale gas as feedstock it is planning to build on the Gulf Coast...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/BASF-likely-to-use-own-process-in-MTP-plant-in-the-US_61329.html
May 25, 2014
Two Malaysian companies are planning to build large-scale methanol and gas processing complexes in Kazakhstan. Memorandums of understanding (MOU) covering the two projects, plus...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Malaysian-firm-signs-MOU-to-build-methanol-plant-in-Kazakhstan_61314.html
May 23, 2014
Azerbaijan Methanol Co. (AzMeCo; Karadagh, Azerbaijan) and Sberbank (Moscow) have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC). Sberbank will finance AzMeCo’s projects to the value...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/AzMeCo-signs-deal-with-Russian-bank-plans-methanol-expansion_61303.html
May 23, 2014
Vopak (Rotterdam) has completed upgrading its benzene and pyrolysis gas (pygas) storage capacity in its terminal at Botlek, Netherlands. Total seabound throughput of benzene, toluene...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Vopak-upgrades-aromatics-storage-capacity-in-the-Netherlands_61297.html
May 23, 2014
PhosAgro (Moscow), a major phosphate fertilizer producer, is considering constructing a new ammonia plant as well as downstream production facilities at its Apatit phosphate ore...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-mulls-new-fertilizer-complex-on-Kola-Peninsula_61292.html
May 23, 2014
Bolivian president Evo Morales has announced plans for a $1.8-billion petrochemical plant in the department of Tarija in southern Bolivia. The area has the largest proven natural gas...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Bolivia-announces-$1-8-billion-petchems-project-update_61162.html
May 22, 2014
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest chemicals player, is studying plans for a possible cracker and derivatives project in the United States and is advancing...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Exclusive-PTTGC-mulls-cracker-in-US-advances-in-Indonesia-pulls-out-of-Malaysian-JV_61058.html
May 22, 2014
UOP, a Honeywell subsidiary, says that Guangdong Peng Zun Energy Development Co., a Chinese petrochemical producer, has selected the UOP C3 Oleflex process technology to convert...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/UOP-technology-selected-for-propylene-project-in-China_61228.html
May 22, 2014
EPA says it has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration construction permit to Dow Chemical for Dow's previously announced steam cracker at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/EPA-issues-GHG-construction-permit-for-Dows-Freeport-cracker_61224.html
May 21, 2014
DuPont CFO Nicholas Fanandakis said during an investor conference today that the company would consider a Reverse Morris Trust (RMT) transaction or outright sale of its performance chemicals business. The company announced last October that it would divest its $7-billion/year performance chemicals segment by mid-2015 through a tax-free spin-off to shareholders as a part of the company’s transformation to a “higher growth, less cyclical company.”  The business includes titanium dioxide, fluoroproducts, and industrial chemicals....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/DuPont-says-it-would-consider-alternatives-to-spinoff-for-performance-chemicals-unit_61210.html
May 20, 2014
AM Agrigen Industries (Dover, DE) has selected a site in St. Charles Parish, LA, to develop a potential $1.2-billion plant to manufacture granulated urea, the company says. Agrigen...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Louisiana-site-selected-for-potential-$1-2-billion-urea-complex_61160.html
May 20, 2014
PhosAgro (Moscow), a leading fertilizer producer, today reported a major decline in first-quarter net profit but higher Ebitda and Ebitda margin. Net profit was down 42%, to 1.9...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/PhosAgro-reports-decline-in-first-quarter-net-profit-on-higher-sales-and-margin_61161.html
May 20, 2014
Maverick Synfuels (Research Triangle Park, NC), and Plant Process Equipment (PPE; League City, TX), have formed a partnership to manufacture and sell small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Maverick-Synfuels-and-PPE-collaborate-on-manufacture-sale-of-small-scale-GTL-methanol-plants_61164.html
May 19, 2014
Borouge, a 60-40 joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and Borealis (Vienna), has begun starting up the Borouge 3 gas cracker complex. Abdulaziz Alhajri, CEO of Borouge...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Borouge-3-cracker-in-start-up-phase-full-production-by-year-end_61121.html
May 19, 2014
Oman is expected to award a contract next year to build an ammonia plant in the Salalah Free Zone. The Takamul Investment Co., the downstream investment arm of Oman Oil, is promoting...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Takamul-to-award-ammonia-plant-contract-in-Oman_61122.html
May 19, 2014

EPA has finalized a greenhouse-gas permit allowing ExxonMobil Chemical to proceed with construction of a 1.5-million m.t./year ethylene plant at Baytown, TX.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/EPA-rejects-appeal-finalizes-permit-for-ExxonMobils-Baytown-ethylene-project_61115.html
May 15, 2014
OMV (Vienna) says it has started up an expansion of butadiene capacity at the company's Schwechat, Austria, refinery and petrochemical complex. Butadiene capacity was increased by 30%...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/OMV-completes-butadiene-hike-in-Austria_61084.html
May 15, 2014
The board of directors of Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden; Riyadh) is seeking to increase the company’s share capital through a rights issue with a total value of 5.6...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Maaden-plans-rights-issue-to-help-fund-investment-projects_61074.html
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