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April 20, 2016
Sibur (Moscow) has confirmed earlier reports that the company’s previously announced gas-based petrochemical project in the Amur region of far eastern Russia will likely be a...
April 20, 2016
Early April benzene loadings from South Korea to the United States appear to be at 32,000 m.t.m.t., which suggests a fourth consecutive month of declining imports. The decline in benzene imports is expected to put a strain on the US market, but comes as domestic supply is still currently long....
April 20, 2016
Dow Chemical says its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Freeport, TX,  is expected to resume normal operations within the next several weeks. The company did not elaborate further on the expected restart of the unit. The unit has been down for planned maintenance since late March to repair an operational issue with an exchanger that has been managed since start up....
April 20, 2016
Yara International says it has signed the transaction documents to sell its carbon dioxide (CO2) business in Europe and remaining 34% stake in the Yara Praxair Holding joint venture to...
April 20, 2016
US nonfuel-use propylene inventory held steady during the week ending 15 April, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on 20 April. It was the first time in five weeks that inventory has not increased, and comes with turnaround season in the US olefins market in full swing....
April 19, 2016
Advanced Petrochemical (Advanced), a polypropylene producer, reports a 62.4% year-on-year rise in first-quarter net profit, to 145.6 million Saudi riyals. However, net profit was flat...
April 19, 2016
Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW; Kalama, WA) has canceled its Tacoma, WA, methanol project, citing “business considerations particular to the Port of Tacoma site.” The company says it will continue to develop methanol projects in Kalama and St. Helens, OR....
April 14, 2016
China’s styrene import volumes are likely to dip following a force majeure on styrene from The Kuwait Styrene Co. (TKSC) at Shuaiba, Kuwait. TKSC’s 520,000-m.t./year...
April 18, 2016
Westlake Chemical on Monday shut down the Petro 1 olefins unit at its Lake Charles, LA, facility for a planned maintenance turnaround that will include a 113,000 m.t./year expansion of ethylene capacity, according to IHS Chemical. The project will be completed during the second quarter....
April 18, 2016
LyondellBasell today began a planned maintenance turnaround that will allow the company to expand the capacity of its Equistar operations in Corpus Christi, TX, by 360,000 m.t./year. The work, scheduled to take approximately 120 days, will increase the facility’s ethylene capacity to 1.13 million m.t./year....
April 18, 2016
Invista says it has started up a new 215,000 m.t./year hexamethylene diamine (HMDA) plant in Shanghai, part of a $1 billion nylon-6,6 project first announced in 2007, but  delayed until 2014 by the economic downturn....
April 18, 2016
LyondellBasell began work on its latest ethylene expansion today with the start of a 120-day maintenance turnaround at its Corpus Christi, TX site.  The expansion is expected...
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