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March 27, 2015
Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Co. (Safco), a Sabic subsidiary, says that completing mechanical and construction work on its urea plant at Al Jubail has been delayed. Trial runs at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Safco-delays-starting-up-new-urea-plant_68966.html
March 27, 2015
Demand for key basic chemicals has surged since the financial crisis of 2008-2009, but imbalances in supply and demand have emerged that will shape margins through the end of the decade, says Mark Eramo, v.p./global chemical insights at IHS Chemical. Ethylene and vinyls are set to benefit, but methanol could be challenged....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/IHS-WPC-Basic-chemical-capacity-to-grow-4-percentyear-this-decade_68981.html
March 27, 2015
Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) says it intends to stop production at its Al Jubail acetic acid plant to carry out regular maintenance. The facility will stop...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/Sipchem-to-halt-production-of-acetic-acid-for-plant-turnaround_68965.html
March 27, 2015
ChevronPhillips Chemical (CP Chem) began a start-up event from its shutdown Ethylene Unit 33 at its Sweeny, Texas, facility, according to a filing with state regulators on Thursday...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/CPChem-begins-start-up-at-Texas-ethylene-unit_68949.html
March 26, 2015
Although China accounts for the world's largest para-xylene (p-xylene) capacity, it will still need to import more than half of this capacity for the foreseeable future, according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/IHS-WPC-2015-China-to-keep-importing-p-xylene-as-production-and-demand-grows_68935.html
March 26, 2015
Celanese has raised its acetic acid prices in China and Asia (excluding China) effective 25 March—the former for a third time and the latter for a second time this...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/acetic_acid/Celanese-hikes-acetic-acid-prices-in-China-for-third-time-in-March-second-time-for-Asia_68914.html
March 25, 2015
“Changing oil prices have not changed the fact that shale production technologies have unlocked an abundant long-term supply of natural gas in the region,” says Matt Aguiar, senior v.p. at ExxonMobil Chemical. “US gas production has grown by 45% over the past six years. The nation has a nearly 100-year natural gas supply, and it’s still growing.”...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/IHS-WPC-2015-ExxonMobil-sees-US-petrochemical-advantage-as-durable_68911.html
March 25, 2015
OCP (Casablanca), the world’s largest phosphate producer and a leading global fertilizer player, today reported results covering fourth-quarter and full-year 2014. The company's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/OCP-reports-increase-in-sales-and-profits-seeking-larger-market-share_68893.html
March 25, 2015
US propylene inventories were slightly up in the week ended 20 March, according to data released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday. The increase represents...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/US-propylene-stocks-up-slightly-for-second-straight-week_68905.html
March 25, 2015
Inodorama Ventures (Bangkok) is negotiating to buy Cepsa’s (Madrid) polyester manufacturing facilities at San Roque, Spain, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/Reports-Indorama-Ventures-eyeing-Cepsas-PTA-PET-assets-in-Spain_68887.html
March 25, 2015
Sahara Petrochemicals Co. said today that it will carry out scheduled maintenance at its Al Waha propylene and polypropylene (PP) facility at Al Jubail. The turnaround will begin on 1...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene_dichloride/Sahara-to-carry-out-turnaround-at-Al-Waha-Samapco-plans-chlor-alkali-EDC-maintenance_68885.html
March 25, 2015
Belaruskali (Solihorsk, Belarus) has signed a new potash contract with China covering the first half of this year at $315/m.t. The price is down on what other major potash producers...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Belaruskali-potash-contract-with-China-upsets-negotiations_68878.html
March 24, 2015
With European spot prices for benzene moving back up to $700 per mt CIF ARA, a triple digit increase in the April contract price looks feasible as the length which weighed on March...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/European-benzene-stronger-ahead-of-CP-talks_68856.html
March 24, 2015
Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden) said today that its subsidiary Ma’aden Phosphate Co. (MPC) has halted operations at its cooling facility to carry out unscheduled...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Maaden-Phosphate-Co-halts-ammonia-production-for-plant-repairs_68840.html
March 24, 2015
The US Coast Guard said on Monday that traffic within the Houston Ship Channel is almost back to normal as a backlog of vessels was still being cleared out. Traffic has been heavy in...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Houston-Ship-Channel-traffic-moving-back-to-normal_68832.html
March 23, 2015
Advanced Petrochemical Co. said today that it has completed the scheduled maintenance of its propylene and polypropylene plants, which began on 1 March, and resumed operations at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/propylene/Advanced-completes-turnaround-at-Al-Jubail-plants_68817.html
March 23, 2015
ChevronPhillips Chemical (CPChem) is having planned and unplanned shut downs at its Sweeny, TX facility. In a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/CPChem-having-planned-and-unplanned-production-issues-at-Texas-facility_68795.html
March 23, 2015
South Korea’s benzene exports in March are expected to fall for a third straight month, data obtained by IHS Chemical shows. Over 1-19 March, benzene cargoes leaving the country...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/South-koreas-benzene-exports-seen-to-fall-for-a-third-straight-month_68774.html
March 22, 2015
Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. (GPIC; Manama), a joint venture among National Oil & Gas Authority of Bahrain, Sabic, and Petrochemical Industries Co. (Kuwait City), today...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Gulf-Petrochemical-Industries-raises-profit-in-2014_68797.html
March 20, 2015
Although most styrene producers in North America are running normally now that Styrolution has brought up its Texas City facility this week, IHS Chemical analysts suggested that...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/US-styrene-producers-may-lower-rates-amid-ethylene-issues_68784.html
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