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May 19, 2015
GS Engineering & Construction (GS E&C; Seoul) told the Korea Stock Exchange on Tuesday that it has canceled its $1.41-billion contract to build a polyethylene (PE)...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/GS-E-and-C-cancels-polyethylene-plant-contract-in-Kazakhstan_70492.html
May 18, 2015
ExxonMobil started a planned turnaround of its chemical Singapore Chemical Plant (SCP) on 1 May, the company said today. “We confirm that there is a scheduled maintenance...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/ExxonMobil-begins-planned-maintenance-at-Singapore-chemical-plant_70045.html
May 18, 2015
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok), Thailand’s largest and one of Asia’s fastest-growing petrochemical players, tells CW that it will invest about $1 billion in a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/PTTGC-to-build-PO-polyols-complex-in-Thailand-details-US-ethane-cracker-plans_70462.html
May 11, 2015
Borouge (Abu Dhabi), a 60-40 joint venture between Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and Borealis (Vienna), has brought onstream all five polyolefin plants, which form part of Borouge 3...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Borouge-ramping-up-ponders-next-phase-under-2030-strategy_70242.html
May 6, 2015
Dow Chemical said on Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of ExxonMobil Chemical’s share in Univation Technologies (Houston), previously an equally owned joint venture...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Dow-Chemical-completes-acquisition-of-Univation-Technologies_70150.html
April 26, 2015
Ineos Technologies has confirmed that it has licensed its Innovene S process technology for the manufacture of medium-density and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to Socar Polymer for...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Ineos-confirms-award-of-HDPE-technology-contract-in-Azerbaijan_69822.html
April 21, 2015
ExxonMobil Chemical says it is considering whether to build a new polyethylene (PE) line at its Beaumont, TX, facility. The project would be additional to two 650,000-m.t./year PE lines now under construction at Mont Belvieu, TX. “We’ll conduct an extensive evaluation before making any final investment decision,” ExxonMobil says....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/ExxonMobil-considering-PE-project-at-Beaumont-TX_69643.html
April 17, 2015
Brazil's demand for commodity plastics contracted significantly during 2014 compared with the previous year, according to figures released by chemical industry association Abiquim...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Brazils-demand-for-plastics-contracted-significantly-during-2014_69565.html
April 15, 2015
Braskem is reevaluating its planned Parkersburg, WV cracker, a joint venture with Odebrecht, to address uncertainties generated by the steep decline in crude oil pricing. Assuming it proceeds, startup would come after 2020, says Fernando Musa, CEO of Braskem America. “This is something that we will continue to pursue, and look for the right timing and moment to invest,” he adds....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Braskem-slows-Marcellus-cracker-considers-polypropylene-expansion_69458.html
April 13, 2015
Repsol's sales of polyolefins in Europe grew by more than 20% during the first quarter compared with the same period of 2014, the company says. Sales' volume rose as a result of recent...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Repsol-grows-polyolefin-sales-in-Europe-completes-downsizing-Puertollano-cracker_69368.html
April 1, 2015
Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Co. (Ethydco) plans to commission its $1.9 billion petrochemical complex at Alexandria by the end of this year, according to Sherif Ismail...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Egypt-to-commission-petchem-complex-end-of-this-year_68798.html
March 31, 2015
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP; Harrisburg) has announced its intention to issue air permits to Shell Chemicals' planned Appalachian petrochemical complex at Monaca, PA. The DEP will hold a public hearing on 5 May to take comments regarding Shell’s application....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Shell-nears-air-permit-for-Appalachian-cracker-project_69066.html
March 30, 2015
Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) said today that it will, on 1 April and after testing, begin commercial operations at the ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and low-density...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Sipchem-to-start-commercially-producing-EVA-and-LDPE_68999.html
March 24, 2015
Polyethylene (PE) prices are likely to remain at healthy levels as a result of sustained demand according to Dow Chemical. Converters had refrained from restocking in the first months...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/NPE2015-Dow-says-2015-PE-prices-will-be-supported-by-supply-constraints-demand-to-remain-healthy_68857.html
March 23, 2015
The president of Dangote Group (Lagos), Aliko Dangote, has announced that the company will increase its Lagos-based refinery project’s throughput to 650, 000 bbl/day, according...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Reports-Nigeria-raises-capacity-of-refinery-petchems-project_68809.html
March 12, 2015
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, said today that it had to extend its steam cracker maintenance period by an additional 10 days after discovering a technical fault. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Kayan-extends-maintenance-at-Jubail-halts-PE-production_68471.html
March 9, 2015
The South Korean government has approved the Hanwha Group’s 1.6-trillion South Korean won ($1.45 billion) acquisition of Samsung General Chemicals subject to certain pricing...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Korea-approves-Hanwha-Samsung-deal-subject-to-EVA-pricing-conditions_68377.html
March 2, 2015
Wood Group (Houston) says it is providing detailed engineering, procurement, and fabrication services for the process control systems required by ExxonMobil Chemical’s multibillion-dollar expansion project at ExxonMobil's Baytown and Mont Belvieu plants near Houston....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Wood-Group-awarded-process-controls-contract-for-ExxonMobil-ethylene-PE-project_68233.html
February 17, 2015
Sibur announced today that the first foundations have been laid on ZapSibNeftekhim, the company’s biggest investment project being built at Tobolsk, Russia. The ceremony was...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Sibur-starts-work-on-its-largest-project-completion-may-take-longer-than-expected_67831.html
February 3, 2015

LyondellBasell’s fourth-quarter earnings have beaten the analysts’ consensus estimate by 15%, with lower feedstock costs more than making up for lower product prices. However, the company expects lower crude oil prices to pressure margins in the year ahead. Fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations totaled $796 million, down 32% year-over-year (YOY) from $1.177 billion. Sales totaled $10.29 billion, down 8% YOY from $11.138 billion. The quarter included a $715 million non-cash, pre-tax charge for the impact of a lower-of-cost-or-market (LCM) inventory adjustment.

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