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April 12, 2011
Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff has instructed state oil company Petrobras (Rio de Janeiro) to help stabilize ethanol prices by raising production, a two year project that will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Petrobras-Steps-Up-Ethanol-Production-to-Stem-Soaring-Prices_34067.html
April 5, 2011
Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical plan to take a final investment decision by the end of this year on the second phase of their Petro Rabigh joint venture in Saudi Arabia, and they...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/GPCA-Plastics-Summit-Start-up-of-Rabigh-II-Complex-Slated-for-2015_33956.html
April 1, 2011
Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals (Sidpec; Alexandria, Egypt) and two state-owned Egyptian companies are jointly planning an investment of E£7 billion ($1.2 billion) to build an ethylene...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Egyptian-Firms-Plan-Ethylene-Venture_33904.html
April 1, 2011
Braskem-Idesa, a joint venture between Braskem and Idesa (Mexico City), has awarded a contract  to Technip to build its world scale ethylene plant in Mexico. The project, dubbed...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Braskem-Idesa-Awards-Mexican-Ethylene-Plant-Contract-to-Technip_33862.html
March 31, 2011
Markwest Liberty Midstream and Resources (Houston, PA) and Sunoco Logistics Partners (Sinking Spring, PA) say they will build an ethane pipeline from MarkWest Liberty’s Houston...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/MarkWest-and-Sunoco-to-Build-Ethane-Pipeline-to-Sarnia_33869.html
March 29, 2011
Enterprise Products Partners says it will expand its natural gas liquids (NGLs) import/export terminal on the Houston Ship Channel by the second half of 2012. The expansion is expected...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Enterprise-to-Expand-NGL-Terminal-on-Houston-Ship-Channel-Will-Start-Up-Fifth-NGL-Fractionator-in-2011_33823.html
March 29, 2011
JX Nippon Oil & Energy (Tokyo) says it has restarted its naphtha cracker at Kawasaki, Japan, which was taken offstream following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The cracker...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/JX-Nippon-Oil-and-Energy-Restarts-Cracker_33812.html
March 28, 2011
CP Chem says it is conducting a feasibility study for a world-scale ethane cracker and ethylene derivatives plant at one of its Gulf Coast facilities using cost-advantaged feedstock from shale gas.  The CP Chem announcement is the most significant yet related to the improved cost position of U.S. petrochemicals....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Chevron-Phillips-Chemical-Studying-U-S-Gulf-Coast-Ethane-Cracker_33776.html
March 27, 2011
The North American ethylene industry is expected to remain strong through 2015 as ethane cracking continues to have a significant cost advantage over naphtha cracking, giving producers...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/CMAI-2011-North-American-Ethylene-Producers-Well-Positioned-for-the-Future_33767.html
March 25, 2011
Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has unveiled a $10-billion plan to develop the country's large gas reserves, including investments by a Saudi firm in petrochemicals and by an...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Nigeria-Plans-Investments-in-Petchems-Fertilizers-Saudi-Indian-Firms-to-Participate_33725.html
March 24, 2011
Mitsubishi Chemical says it will take at least two months to restart operations at its manufacturing complex at Kashima, Japan. The site, including the onsite power-generation facilities, were shut following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast Japan on March 11....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Mitsubishi-Chemicals-Kashima-Complex-to-Remain-Shut-for-at-Least-Two-Months_33671.html
March 21, 2011
Shell Chemicals has confirmed that its 800,000 m.t./year ethylene plant on Pulau Bukom, Singapore, has been taken offline due to "operational issues" and the company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-Takes-Singapore-Ethylene-Plant-Offline-Due-to-Operational-Issues_33595.html
March 17, 2011
Braskem reported fourth-quarter 2010 net income of R$356 million ($213.4 million), compared with a loss of R$1.4 billion in the same period of 2009. Fourth-quarter Ebitda rose 37%, to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Higher-Selling-Prices-Boost-Braskems-Profits_33507.html
March 14, 2011
Four naphtha crackers are offstream in Japan and several others are running at reduced rates, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Japanese-Firms-Cut-Ethylene-Production-Following-Earthquake_33432.html
March 12, 2011
Petrochemical production in Japan has been severely disrupted by the massive earthquake that struck the northeast coast of the country earlier today. The deadly quake measured 8.9 on...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Massive-Earthquake-Disrupts-Petrochemical-Production-in-Japan_33372.html
March 10, 2011
Total Petrochemicals, IFP Energies and its subsidiary Axens have formed an alliance to develop a new technology for the production of bio-ethylene by hydration of ethanol. The new...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Total-Petrochemicals-IFP-and-Axens-form-Bio-ethylene-Technology-Alliance_33341.html
March 9, 2011
Completion of ONGC Petro-Additions' (Opal; Mumbai) multi-billion dollar project has been delayed, CW has learned. Senior executives at Opal tell CW that the $3.1 billion joint venture...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/OPAL-Project-in-India-Delayed-to-2013_33299.html
March 8, 2011
Nova Chemicals says it has signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of ethane from Caiman Energy’s (Dallas, TX) Fort Beeler gas processing plant near Cameron, WV...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Nova-Inks-Deal-to-Boost-Ethane-Supply-to-Sarnia_33279.html
March 8, 2011
Sasol says it will acquire a 50% interest in the Cypress A assets from Talisman Energy’s (Calgary, AB) Cypress A assets at the Montney shale play in British Columbia for C1.05...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sasol-Announces-Second-Shale-Deal-in-Western-Canada_33270.html
March 7, 2011
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC; Beijing), China's top economic planning agency, has approved a previously announced $9-billion refinery and petrochemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/China-Approves-Sinopec-Kuwait-Petroleums-Refinery-and-Petchems-JV_33235.html
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