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January 3, 2014
LyondellBasell Industries says it has completed the previously announced restart of the company's methanol plant at Channelview, TX. The plant was placed back into service in the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/LyondellBasell-restarts-methanol-plant-in-Texas_57716.html
December 23, 2013
Nova Chemicals has pushed back plans for a new Advanced Sclairtech (AST) polyethylene facility because of the increasing uncertainty surrounding project resources in North America, says Chris Bezaire, senior vp/polyethylene at Nova....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Nova-postponed-PE-project-on-resource-crunch_57619.html
December 19, 2013
Biffa Polymers (Middlesbrough, UK), a subsidiary of waste management firm Biffa (High Wycombe, UK), has reopened its postconsumer plastics recycling line, at Redcar, UK. It follows a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/UK-firm-reopens-mixed-plastics-recycling-facility_57539.html
December 18, 2013
Nova Chemicals says it will expand its ethylene capacity at its Corunna, ON site by 20% and debottleneck polyethylene at its nearby Moore, ON site. Nova also reaffirmed its interest a second polyethylene (PE) facility based on its Advanced Sclairtech (AST) technology. The projects are part of the company's Nova 2020 growth plan....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Nova-Chemicals-plans-ethylene-PE-expansion-at-Sarnia-sites-evaluating-new-PE-plant_57504.html
December 16, 2013
Qatar Petrochemical Co. (Qapco; Doha), an 80-20 joint venture between Industries Qatar and Total, is planning to expand capacity of its Mesaieed, Qatar–based cracker complex by...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Qapco-plans-to-expand-Mesaieed-operations_57413.html
December 13, 2013
Tecnimont (Milan) has won the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the $5.5 billion Al Sejeel petrochemical complex at Ras Laffan. Al Sejeel, which in Arabic means hard...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Qatar-awards-FEED-contract-for-Al-Sejeel-to-Tecnimont_57392.html
December 5, 2013
Repsol said today that it is restarting production at its high-density polyethylene and low-density polyethylene plants at Tarragona, Spain, following a turnaround at the ethylene and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Repsol-resumes-production-of-PE-at-Tarragona-ships-ethylene-from-its-Sines-cracker_57099.html
November 26, 2013
ACC reported today that the group’s monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) rose 0.1% in November on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. The CAB is up 2.8% year-on-year...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/ACCs-CAB-rises-in-November_56958.html
November 25, 2013
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC; Tokyo) has signed a buyer's credit agreement totaling up to ¥8.9 billion ($87.85 million; JBIC portion) with the Government of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/JBIC-to-help-finance-sulfuric-acid-production-plant-in-Turkmenistan_56942.html
November 22, 2013
Hanwha Chemical Corp., (Seoul), a producer of chlor-alkalis, polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride as well as a major player in the solar energy, says it is planning to participate in a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/GPCA-Hanwha-Chemical-confirms-cracker-project-in-the-US_56846.html
November 18, 2013
Neste Jacobs (Porvoo, Finland) and Borealis have signed an agreement for the former to deliver the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) part of a previously...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polyethylene/Neste-Jacobs-awarded-EPCM-contract-for-Borealis-PE-upgrade-in-Finland_56748.html
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 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 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
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 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
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