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November 15, 2013

Odebrecht, the parent of Braskem, is exploring the possibility of building a petrochemical complex in West Virginia, the state’s governor announced in a press release on 14 November. The project, located in the Marcellus shale region of the Northeast United States, would include an ethane cracker, three polyethylene plants, and associated infrastructure for water treatment and energy co-generation.

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Update-Odebrecht-explores-cracker-derivatives-complex-in-West-Virginia_56715.html
November 14, 2013
Yokogawa Electric (Tokyo) has been selected as the main automation contractor for Chevron Phillips Chemical's (CPChem; The Woodlands, TX) US Gulf Coast (USGC) petrochemicals project...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Yokogawa-selected-as-main-automation-contractor-for-CPChems-USGC-petrochemical-project_56693.html
November 14, 2013
ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing announced today that it has licensed its proprietary tubular tail technology to Thai Polyethylene Co. (TPE), a subsidiary of Siam Cement Group...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/ExxonMobil-licenses-technology-to-debottleneck-autoclave-process-PE-plant-in-Thailand_56707.html
November 13, 2013
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) has decided to mothball the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant of the company's Indorama Polymers subsidiary at Workington, UK as part of a business...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/pet/Indorama-to-mothball-PET-plant-in-the-UK_56672.html
November 8, 2013
North America’s “shale gale” was a frequent topic at the Global Plastics Summit, held 5-6 November in Chicago, IL, by IHS Chemical in collaboration with the Society of the Plastics Industry. Producers, convertors and equipment suppliers agreed that the cheap energy and feedstocks supplied by shale-based oil and gas resources will drive steady growth in demand for North American plastics, not only from abroad, but also from the resurgent manufacturing sector....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/North-American-plastics-gains-on-reshoring-of-manufacturing_56526.html
November 7, 2013
Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co., a Sabic affiliate, today said that it has decided to cancel its previously announced high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) project at Al Jubail...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Saudi-Kayan-cancels-ultra-high-molecular-weight-PE-project-at-Al-Jubail_56539.html
November 6, 2013
Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG; Kuala Lumpur) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to divest its interest in Phu My Plastics and Chemical (PMPC) to Asahi Glass and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Petronas-to-sell-Vietnam-PVC-asset-to-Asahi-Glass-and-Mitsubishi-Corp-_56477.html
November 6, 2013
Sibur today inaugurated a new biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film manufacturing facility at its Biaxplen subsidiary at Tomsk, Russia, the company has announced. The opening...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sibur-opens-BOPP-plant-at-Tomsk-will-sell-on-Russian-and-export-markets_56475.html
November 5, 2013
The European Commisison says it has opened an in-depth investigation into the previously announced plans of Solvay and Ineos to merge their chlorvinyls activities in Europe into a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyvinyl_chloride/Europe-launches-in-depth-investigation-into-proposed-Solvay-Ineos-chlorvinyls-JV_56455.html
November 5, 2013
The European Commission has adopted a proposal that requires European member states to reduce their use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. Such plastic bags are often used only once...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/European-Commission-proposes-reduction-in-use-of-plastic-bags_56443.html
November 1, 2013
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) has finalized the sale of Chevron Phillips Chemical (China), which owns a polystyrene plant located in Zhangjiagang, China, to Grand Astor Limited....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polystyrene/CPChem-completes-sale-of-China-polystyrene-plant_56363.html
October 31, 2013
Lanxess has extended a long-term agreement with Nova Chemicals to supply crude C4 as raw material for Lanxess’s North American production assets. Financial details have not been disclosed....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/synthetic_rubber/Lanxess-extends-North-America-C4-supply-agreement-with-Nova-Chemicals_56345.html
October 30, 2013
Rextac (Odessa, TX), a manufacturer of polypropylene (PP)-based adhesives, plans to build an integrated propane dehydrogenation (PDH)-PP facility adjacent to its petrochemical complex at Odessa, the company announced on 29 October....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Rextac-to-build-integrated-propane-dehydro-polypropylene-facility-in-Texas_56298.html
October 24, 2013
Versalis (Milan), the chemical subsidiary of ENI (Rome); and LG Chem (Seoul) today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic alliance. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/LG-Chem-and-Versalis-enter-Europe-with-metallocene-LLDPE_56138.html
October 24, 2013
Partners in Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical (NSRP) joint venture announced today that they held a ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday in the presence of high-ranking officials...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Vietnam-refinery-and-petchems-joint-venture-holds-ground-breaking-ceremony_56141.html
October 21, 2013
ONGC Petro Additions (Opal; Vadodara, India) expects to bring online its $4-billion petrochemical complex at Dahej, Gujarat State, India, in June or July next year, CW has learned...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Opal-petrochemical-complex-online-in-mid-2014-Aramco-IPIC-possible-partners_56051.html
October 18, 2013
Braskem and Toyota Tsusho (Tokyo), the trading arm of Toyota, have renewed their agreement for the distribution of "green" polyethylene (PE) in Asia, Braskem announced today...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/K-2013-Braskem-and-Toyota-Tsusho-renew-distribution-agreement-for-green-PE_56030.html
October 18, 2013
Bayegan (Istanbul) has revived a major propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and polypropylene (PP) project planned in Turkey following the withdrawal earlier this year of joint venture...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Bayegan-revives-$1-billion-Turkish-propane-dehydro-and-PP-project_56033.html
October 18, 2013
Equate (Safat, Kuwait), a joint venture among Petrochemical Industries Co. (PIC), Dow Chemical, Boubyan Petrochemical, and Qurain Petrochemical Industries, has completed a feasibility...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Equate-presents-expansion-plans-to-board-Olefins-III-project-makes-progress_56026.html
October 18, 2013
Braskem is investing approximately $50 million reais ($22.9 million) to expand its production capacity for linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) by 120,000 m.t./year at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Braskem-to-expand-LLDPE-capacity-at-Camaçari_56013.html
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