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November 15, 2013

Odebrecht, the parent of Braskem, is exploring the possibility of building a petrochemical complex in West Virginia, the state’s governor announced in a press release on 14 November. The project, located in the Marcellus shale region of the Northeast United States, would include an ethane cracker, three polyethylene plants, and associated infrastructure for water treatment and energy co-generation.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Update-Odebrecht-explores-cracker-derivatives-complex-in-West-Virginia_56715.html
November 14, 2013
Yokogawa Electric (Tokyo) has been selected as the main automation contractor for Chevron Phillips Chemical's (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) US Gulf Coast (USGC) petrochemicals project...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Yokogawa-selected-as-main-automation-contractor-for-CPChems-USGC-petrochemical-project_56693.html
November 14, 2013
K+S said today that lower prices and uncertainty on the global potash markets following the collapse of one of the world's two large cartels have contributed to lower third-quarter...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/K+S-reports-lower-sales-and-earnings-seeks-savings-of-&euro500-million_56689.html
November 13, 2013
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) has decided to mothball the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant of the company's Indorama Polymers subsidiary at Workington, UK as part of a business...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/Indorama-to-mothball-PET-plant-in-the-UK_56672.html
November 13, 2013
SamaraNefteOrgSintez (Sanors; Novokuibyshevsk, Russia) says it will select technology for a world-scale olefins complex at the end of January. The complex, planned at Novokuibyshevsk...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Linde-and-Technip-compete-to-supply-olefins-technology-for-world-scale-plant-in-Russia_56667.html
November 12, 2013
LSB Industries (LSB, Oklahoma City, OK) says it has entered into an agreement with SAIC Constructors to build a 360,000-m.t./year nitric acid plant and a 40,000-m.t./year nitric acid...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/LSB-awards-nitric-acid-plant-contract-to-SAIC-Constructors_56659.html
November 12, 2013
A recent Reuters report says that Dmitry Mazepin, owner of Russian fertilizer producer Uralchem (Moscow) is interested in taking a stake in Uralkali. Since Uralkali left potash...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Reports-Uralchem-owner-to-acquire-stake-in-Uralkali_56647.html
November 12, 2013
Rockwood has reported third-quarter adjusted net income of $48.2 million, or 63 cts/share, down 31.5% year-on-year (YOY), on sales up 3.2%, to $890.1 million. Actual net income totaled...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/titanium_dioxide/Rockwood-nets-big-one-time-gain-on-ceramics-sale-adjusted-earnings-fall_56644.html
November 12, 2013
Belarus Potash Co. (BPC; Minsk) exported between 400,000 m.t. and 450,000 m.t. of potash during October, according to a report from local news agency BelTa. BCP exported mainly to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Report-BPC-exported-over-400000-m-t-of-potash-during-October_56643.html
November 12, 2013
Oman Chlorine (Muscat) is planning a $70-million chlor-alkali plant at Abu Dhabi, according to a Reuters report quoting the company's managing director. The new production would meet...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Report-Oman-Chlorine-to-build-chlor-alkali-plant-at-Abu-Dhabi_56640.html
November 12, 2013
TPC Group says it will spend about $5 million restart one of its two idled dehydrogenation units at Houston. Commencement of construction is contingent on obtaining the necessary...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/TPC-Group-to-Restart-Dehydrogenation-Unit-at-Houston_32641.html
November 12, 2013
TPC expects engineering design optimization for the project to be complete by the end of the third quarter of 2013, with start-up to come in 2016....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/TPC-gets-green-light-for-on-purpose-butadiene_50065.html
November 12, 2013
KBR has been awarded a contract by Société des Fertilisants d’Algérie (Fertial; Annaba, Algeria) to conduct a study that will improve safety, reliability...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/KBR-awarded-contract-to-revamp-two-ammonia-plants-in-Algeria_56633.html
November 11, 2013
Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City) aims to improve operating margins in its petrochemical operations through the company's recently updated business plan for the period 2014-18...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Pemex-identifies-target-areas-for-petchems-in-2014-18-business-plan_56618.html
November 11, 2013
Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France), IFP Energies Nouvelles (Ifpen; Rueil-Malmaison), and Michelin have launched BioButterfly, a plant chemistry research partnership that aims to develop...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/butadiene/Axens-partners-with-Michelin-IFP-in-French-research-initiative-for-biobased-butadiene_56616.html
November 11, 2013
The Belarusian prosecutor general's office has received and is considering an official request from Russia for the extradition of Vladislav Baumgertner, CEO of potash producer Uralkali...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Russia-requests-extradition-of-Uralkali-CEO-from-Belarus_56615.html
November 11, 2013
South Bolder Mines (STB; West Perth, Australia) said today that it has completed and signed a shareholders agreement with the Eritrean National Mining Corp. (ENAMCO) outlining the key...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/South-Boulder-Mines-finalizes-Eritrean-potash-agreement_56609.html
November 10, 2013
Stamicarbon (Geleen, Netherlands) and Haldor Topsøe will provide their urea and ammonia technologies, respectively for a previously announced nitrogen fertilizer complex being...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Stamicarbon-Haldor-Topsøe-to-provide-technology-for-fertilizer-complex-in-Azerbaijan_56604.html
November 8, 2013
Ineos Oxide, an Ineos subsidiary, says that its deepsea ethylene import terminal at the company's manufacturing site at Zwijndrecht, near Antwerp, is fully operational. The terminal...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Ineos-inaugurates-ethylene-import-terminal-in-Belgium_56584.html
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