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January 9, 2015
Chandra Asri (Jakarta) is operating its naphtha cracker and butadiene extraction unit at Cilegon, Indonesia, at reduced rates, after the cracker was restarted on 29 December...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Chandra-Asri-runs-cracker-butadiene-plant-at-reduced-rates-after-restart_66705.html
January 8, 2015
Production of olefins increased in Western Europe in the first nine months of 2014 compared with the same period of the previous year, and third-quarter production was up year-on-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Third-quarter-olefin-production-rises-in-Western-Europe_66647.html
January 7, 2015
Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (FPC) plans to shut its No. 1 cracker at Mailiao, Taiwan, over June and July to carry out a scheduled maintenance program, a source close to the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Formosa-Petrochemical-plans-mid-2015-turnaround-at-No-1-cracker_66610.html
January 6, 2015
Yeochun NCC (YNCC; Seoul) has been feeding 10% liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into the company's No. 1 naphtha cracker at Yeosu, South Korea, since 1 January, a source close to the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Yeochun-NCCs-No-1-cracker-starts-using-10-percent-LPG_66570.html
December 30, 2014
Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (FPC) plans to cut production runs at its three steam crackers at Mailiao, Taiwan, by 10% at the beginning of January, a source close to the company said...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Formosa-Petrochemical-to-cut-cracker-runs-by-10-percent-from-January_66490.html
December 29, 2014
Reliance Industries says that it has scheduled a planned turnaround at its Nagothane, India, manufacturing site. The cracker and some of the downstream units will be shut for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Reliance-plans-four-week-turnaround-of-Nagothane-cracker_66470.html
December 29, 2014
Lotte Chemical (Seoul) plans to shut its Daesan, South Korea, steam cracker between October 2015 and November 2015 for regular maintenance, a source close to the company said today...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Lotte-Chemical-to-shut-Daesan-cracker-in-October-2015-for-maintenance_66472.html
December 22, 2014

Sasol has completed a $4.00-billion credit facility for its $8.90-billion ethane cracker and derivatives project at Lake Charles, LA.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sasol-closes-$4-billion-credit-facility-for-Lake-Charles-ethylene-project_66400.html
December 17, 2014

OxyChem (Dallas, TX) and Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) say that their 50-50 jv, Ingleside Ethylene, began construction of its 540,000 m.t./yr ethane cracker at OxyChem’s Ingleside, TX, complex in the second quarter of 2014. The $1.5 billion project remains on schedule to begin commercial production in the first quarter of 2017, they say.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/OxyChem-Mexichem-cracker-jv-has-begun-construction_66275.html
December 17, 2014
Restarting Versalis's (Milan) Porto Marghera, Italy naphtha cracker is feasible, given that the company has not laid off any of the plant's employees, under the terms of an agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Porto-Marghera-cracker-restart-is-feasible-would-make-ethylene-market-balanced-to-long-market-source_66243.html
December 17, 2014
Sinopec says that its Maoming olefins facility has increased its operating rates and is expected to produce a total of 1.14 million m.t. of ethylene during this year. Sinopec Maoming...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Sinopec-ups-ethylene-production-at-Maoming-complex_66238.html
December 15, 2014
US ethylene prices continue to fall despite production issues over the weekend at Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, TX; and Dow Chemical’s Freeport, TX, facility. According to IHS Chemical, ethylene was trading Monday morning at 39.5 cts/lb del US Gulf Coast, down from Friday’s notional value of 41–42 cts/lb...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/US-ethylene-declines-despite-production-issues-at-CPChem-and-Dow_66185.html
December 11, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) has completed the installation of a tenth furnace to ethylene unit 33 at its Sweeny complex in Old Ocean, TX. The company expects the new furnace to increase Sweeny’s ethylene production capacity by 90,000 m.t./year to a total of 1.95 million m.t./year.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Chevron-Phillips-completes-Sweeny-ethylene-expansion_66083.html
December 11, 2014
Yeochun NCC (YNCC; Seoul) plans to start feeding up to 10% liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into the company's No. 1 naphtha cracker at Yeosu, South Korea, from early January, a source...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Yeochun-NCC-plans-to-use-LPG-at-Korea-cracker-from-early-January_66074.html
December 10, 2014
Japan's ethylene production totaled 588,400 m.t. in November, down 1.7% year-on-year from 598,600 m.t., according to figures released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Japans-ethylene-output-down-1-7-percent-in-November_66038.html
December 2, 2014

Williams Partners expects its expanded Geismar plant to begin producing ethylene for sale this month, says John Dearborn, senior v.p./NGL and petchem services.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Williams-Geismar-plant-to-produce-ethylene-for-sale-this-month_65778.html
November 28, 2014
Europe's December ethylene contract has been confirmed settled at €1010/m.t. del ($1,261.50), down €50/m.t. from November, according to IHS Chemical data.  In addition...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Europes-December-ethylene-and-propylene-contracts-settle-down_65724.html
November 21, 2014
Petkim (Aliaga, Turkey) has completed a $144-million ethylene capacity expansion at its Aliaga site, the company has announced. The facility’s output capacity has increased by...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Petkim-completes-ethylene-expansion-at-Turkish-site_65625.html
November 18, 2014
Westlake Chemical Corp. has awarded a contract to Technip for a previously announced ethylene expansion project at Lake Charles, LA. The contract covers detailed engineering and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Westlake-awards-ethylene-expansion-contract-to-Technip_65496.html
November 17, 2014
A fire at Shell’s Norco, LA, refinery on 13 November sparked a rally in ethylene markets late last week. St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center reported on 13 November...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/basic_chemicals/petrochemicals/ethylene/Shell-Norco-fire-ignites-spot-ethylene-rally_65474.html
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