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June 14, 2013
Williams officials said Friday afternoon that a second employee has died following Thursday's propylene explosion and fire at the company's Geismar, LA, olefins plant. Williams...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-confirms-second-death-from-Geismar-explosion_52850.html
June 14, 2013
Williams immediately shut down the facility, which has 646,000 m.t./year of ethylene capacity -- 2.4% of the 27 million m.t./year of ethylene capacity in the US....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Impact-of-Williams-explosion-on-ethylene-market-uncertain-IHS-Chemical_52848.html
June 13, 2013
The cracker has ethylene capacity of  646,000 m.t./year and coproduct propylene capacity of 43,000 m.t./year, according to IHS Chemical. An ongoing $450–500-million expansion project will increase ethylene capacity by 272,000 m.t./year, according to Williams, which had targeted completion of the project for the second half of 2013. Williams also operates a 270,000-m.t./year propylene splitter at the site....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Update-Explosion-at-Williamss-Geismar-cracker-kills-one-injures-73_52817.html
June 3, 2013
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) plans to add a 10th furnace to an existing ethylene unit at its Sweeny complex at Old Ocean, TX, increasing ethylene production capacity by 200...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/CPChem-to-increase-ethylene-production-at-Old-Ocean-TX-by-200-million-lbsyear_52512.html
May 29, 2013
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Co. (Orpic; Muscat), plans to invest $3.6 billion to develop a petrochemicals complex near the Ṣuḥār, Oman, refinery, which will provide raw...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Oman-details-$3-6-billion-investment-in-petchems-at-ur_52355.html
May 23, 2013
Since early April, the BASF-Total steam cracker has been able to produce up to 40% of its ethylene from ethane and another 40% from butane and propane....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/BASF-Total-Port-Arthur-steam-cracker-to-process-ethane_52267.html
May 21, 2013
Financial results from commodity and diversified firms continue to reflect persistent weakness in the global economy, although expanding ethylene margins have helped many stave off...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/First-quarter-profits-pressured-despite-strong-ethylene-margins_52111.html
May 9, 2013
Braskem's first quarter earnings totaled R$227 million ($113 million), up 49% year-over-year (YOY) from R$152 million, but down 18% sequentially from R$275 million in the fourth quarter of 2012....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Braskem-first-quarter-net-income-up-49-percent_51886.html
May 8, 2013
Williams Partners (Tulsa, OK) on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $321 million, down 21% year-over-year (YOY).  “NGL margins declined 50% from the first-quarter...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-Partners-net-income-down-YOY-on-NGL-margins-offset-by-olefins_51837.html
May 7, 2013
Kuwait’s previously announced Olefins III project is expected to require an investment of $8–9 billion, according to a report from state news agency Kuna. Preparations for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Report-Kuwaits-Olefins-III-project-estimated-to-cost-$8-9-billion_51809.html
May 7, 2013
(This story has been corrected. An earlier version stated that Westlake's first quarter net income increased by 190% YOY, whereas the actual increase was 40%. We regret the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Westlake-earnings-leap-40-percent-YOY-beat-street-estimate-corrected_51768.html
May 3, 2013

A fire at an ethylene purification unit at Formosa Plastics’ complex at Point Comfort, TX yesterday, injured 14 people. Eight of the injured have been treated and released as of Friday morning, according to a company spokesperson. 

The fire occurred in an ethylene purification area near the site’s “PE 1” high-density polyethylene (HDPE) production unit. 

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Fire-injures-14-at-Formosas-Point-Comfort-TX-site_51743.html
April 30, 2013
CW has learned that Ineos is at an advanced stage of discussions with an unnamed party to transfer the Kerling chlor-vinyls business into a joint venture, which would become one of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Ineos-to-hive-off-vinyls-into-joint-venture-Rafnes-cracker-to-stay-with-Ineos_51595.html
April 29, 2013
Rosneft (Moscow) and Mitsui & Co. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop jointly Rosneft's previously announced Far East Petrochemical Co. (Fepco) project near...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Rosneft-Mitsui-sign-MOU-to-develop-petchem-project-in-Russian-far-east_51563.html
April 29, 2013
Pemex's petrochemical products generated 7.64 billion Mexican pesos ($618 million) in domestic sales for the group during the first quarter of 2013, the company has announced. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Pemexs-petchem-production-volume-falls-7-1-percent-during-the-first-quarter_51558.html
April 26, 2013
Shell Chemicals' steam cracker at Moerdijk, Netherlands, is experiencing technical difficulties that have delayed the plant's restart following planned maintenance, unconfirmed reports...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Reports-Technical-difficulties-delay-restart-of-Shells-Moerdijk-cracker_51527.html
April 25, 2013
Construction has started at Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos's (YPFB; La Paz) previously announced ammonia and urea project in the department of Cochabamba...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Bolivias-YPFB-breaks-ground-on-urea-project_51441.html
April 22, 2013
Iran manufactured 40 million m.t. of petrochemicals between March 2012 and March 2013. Of this total, 28 million m.t. were available for export, and about 15.8 million m.t. were...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Report-Iran-produced-40-million-m-t-of-petrochemicals-in-2012-13_51326.html
April 19, 2013
Versalis (Milan), the chemicals business of ENI (Rome), has outlined a major transformation program that aims to shift the company's portfolio from one dominated by commodities toward...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Versalis-announces-transformation-plan-mulls-import-of-US-gas_51306.html
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