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April 11, 2016
OxyVinyls put out a small fire over the weekend at its vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant in La Porte, TX, which is undergoing a planned turnaround. In a community hotline message, the company said the fire began on the afternoon of 9 April and was extinguished the same day....
April 11, 2016
Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC; Kuwait) and Pembina Pipeline (Calgary, AB, Canada) are evaluating the feasibility of a combined, world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and polypropylene (PP) production facility in Alberta, Canada. Pembina and PIC expect to complete the study in six months. If the project continues into front-end engineering and design (FEED), the partners would make a final investment decision by mid-2017, says Pembina, with startup expected by 2020....
April 11, 2016
The National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee; Riyadh) has announced that completion of its ilmenite smelter project at Jazan, Saudi Arabia, has been delayed. The facility will provide...
April 11, 2016
Chemours (Wilmington, DE) says it will increase the price of its Ti-Pure titanium dioxide (TiO2) grades by $150/m.t. worldwide on 1 May. The increase follows 1 April increases by Huntsman and Tronox....
April 11, 2016
Yara International (Oslo) said on Monday that it will invest approximately 1 billion Brazilian real ($275 million) to expand and modernize its Rio Grande, Brazil fertilizer plant. The...
April 11, 2016
Ineos says it has completed operational trials on train 2 of its gas cracker at Grangemouth, UK, eight years after it was mothballed because of dwindling gas supplies from the North...
April 8, 2016
Spot prices of aromatics were mostly higher in the United States on 8 April, following a second refinery fire is as many days. LyondellBasell Industries extinguished a blaze at its...
April 8, 2016
Europe's April customer reference price (CRP) for styrene has settled in line with the barge price at €1,120/m.t., an increase of €95/m.t. over the March...
April 8, 2016
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to verify whether debt write-offs by the Romanian state and continued supplies by state-owned enterprises to chemical...
April 8, 2016
Downstream polyester resin producers are wondering whether there will be a follow-on settlement to Europe's April para-xylene (p-xylene) contract price following the initial...
April 8, 2016
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET), purified terephthalic acid (PTA), and purified...
April 8, 2016
The Kuwait Styrene Co. (TKSC), Kuwait’s only styrene producer, has declared force majeure on styrene from the company's ethylbenzene-styrene complex at Shuaiba, Kuwait, a company...
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