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February 11, 2015
Industries Qatar, a shareholder in Qatar Fuels Additives (Qafac), has announced the official startup of a 145.5 million Qatari riyals ($40.0 million) carbon dioxide recovery facility...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Qafac-opens-CO2-recovery-unit-hikes-methanol-output_67739.html
February 11, 2015

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued on 9 February a preliminary determination approving a 750,000 m.t./year ammonia plant that BASF and Yara propose to build at Freeport, TX. BASF and Yara have not yet committed to the project, which was first announced in October 2013.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/caprolactam/TCEQ-gives-preliminary-approval-to-BASF-Yara-ammonia-project_67737.html
February 11, 2015
The board of directors of Grasim Industries has approved a proposed merger with Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) that would consolidate the Aditya Birla Group’s chlor-alkali business into Grasim....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Grasim-agrees-to-merger-with-Aditya-Birla-Chemicals-India_67724.html
February 11, 2015
EuroChem Group AG (Zug, Switzerland), a leading global producer of fertilizers, today reported consolidated revenues for the year ended 31 December 2014 of 193 billion Russian rubles...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/EuroChem-reports-net-loss-in-2014-as-the-Russian-currency-weakens_67723.html
February 11, 2015
Olin said Tuesday evening that due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control, a portion of the McIntosh, AL facility is unable to return to full operations following a planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Olin-declares-force-majeure-on-chlorine-and-salt-at-McIntosh-AL-site_67703.html
February 11, 2015
Yara International (Oslo), a major fertilizer player, today reported fourth-quarter net income after noncontrolling interests of 1.86 billion Norwegian kroner ($245.3 million)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Yara-raises-fourth-quarter-profits-and-sales-on-lower-gas-prices-and-stronger-dollar_67708.html
February 11, 2015
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) said in a state filing today that the EU-1592 and U-1092 cracking units at its Cedar Bayou, TX, olefins facility will start back up from planned...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/CPChem-to-restart-Cedar-Bayou-cracker_67702.html
February 10, 2015
The Loyal Group plans to shut its six expandable polystyrene (EPS) plants in China from 14 February for at least two weeks, a source close to the company said Tuesday. Citing weak EPS...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Loyal-Group-to-shut-EPS-plants-in-China-this-weekend-for-two-weeks_67671.html
February 10, 2015
Air Liquide intends to build a $170.0-million air separation unit (ASU) that will supply Yuhuang Chemical’s (Houston) planned, world-scale methanol project in St. James Parish, LA. Air Liquide says it has signed a long-term agreement to supply Yuhuang Chemical with 2,400 m.t./day of oxygen....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/methanol/Air-Liquide-plans-$170-million-ASU-to-supply-Louisiana-methanol-project_67691.html
February 10, 2015
Williams Partners says it is manufacturing ethylene for sale at its expanded ethane cracker at Geismar, LA. The 855,000-m.t./year plant has been out of service since an explosion in June 2013....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-confirms-Geismar-ethylene-plant-in-service_67688.html
February 10, 2015
Styrene monomer spot prices have risen sharply in the last week, jumping from $900/m.t. fob Rotterdam to $1,020/m.t. fob Rotterdam between 30 January and 9 February—continuing a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/styrene/Styrene-spot-prices-up-Europe-most-expensive-region_67685.html
February 10, 2015
Uralchem (Moscow) and Stamicarbon announced today that they have agreed to go ahead with a project to modernize Uralchem’s urea plant at Perm, Russia. The investment is estimated...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralchem-to-expand-urea-capacity-using-Stamicarbon-process_67681.html
February 9, 2015
According to sources in the market, Williams has begun the process of delivering ethylene from its ethane cracker at Geismar, LA, which has been out of service since June 2013. If production is underway, it will bring substantial relief to Louisiana’s ethylene market, which has been extremely tight since the Evangeline ethylene pipeline went offline last month, IHS Chemical says....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-Geismar-restart-to-mitigate-Evangeline-outage-IHS-Corrected_67655.html
February 9, 2015
State-controlled petrochemical producer Oltchim (Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania) generated a €700,000 ($792,000) profit in January, according to Romania's economy, trade, and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/chloralkali/Minister-Oltchim-generated-&euro700000-profit-in-January_67645.html
February 9, 2015
Uralchem (Moscow), a major fertilizer producer, today reported its production results for 2014, with overall volumes down 6.5%, to 5.7 million m.t., compared with 2013. Nitrogen...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/fertilizers/Uralchem-reports-lower-fertilizer-output-following-plant-stoppage_67643.html
February 9, 2015
S-Oil (Seoul) will supply diesel and naphtha to a Saudi Aramco subsidiary, in return for para-xylene (p-xylene) and light naphtha under a billion-dollar contract, S-Oil announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/paraxylene/S-Oil-signs-billion-dollar-refined-products-p-xylene-supply-deal-with-Saudi-Aramco_67633.html
February 9, 2015
M&G Chemicals (Luxembourg) is pushing ahead with its purified terephthalic acid-polyethylene terephthalate (PTA-PET) project at Corpus Christi, TX, and the company plans to start...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/terephthalic_acid/M-and-G-Chemicals-ahead-of-schedule-with-PTA-PET-project-in-US_67628.html
February 9, 2015
Benzene fundamentals have been mixed in the United States this week, as spot prices have followed the uptick in NYMEX WTI crude futures, and supply availability remains ample. Prompt...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/benzene/Energy-pushing-US-benzene-higher-rather-than-supply-demand-fundamentals_67625.html
February 8, 2015
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, said on Sunday that the Ministry of Petroleum has allocated more ethane gas to the company, which will be used to increase capacity of its steam cracker...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Saudi-Kayan-to-debottleneck-cracker-ethylene-oxide-plant_67632.html
February 6, 2015
Dow Corning, a 50-50 joint venture between Dow Chemical and Corning, reports fourth-quarter net income down 66% year-on-year (YOY), to $37.0 million. Excluding one-time items, net...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/inorganic_chemicals/silicones/Dow-Corning-reports-5-percent-increase-in-sales_67624.html
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