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June 13, 2013
Sinopec Engineering, China’s largest engineering and construction firm, has signed a $1.85-billion engineering, procurement, and construction contract with Kazakhstan...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sinopec-Engineering-signs-EPC-contract-for-Kazakhstan-PP-project_52808.html
June 12, 2013
Qatar Petroleum (QP; Doha) and Qatar Petrochemical Co. (Qapco), joint venture partners in a major petrochemical project planned at Ras Laffan, Qatar, have selected technologies for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Qatar-selects-Univation-and-Dow-technologies-for-Al-Sejeel-project_52775.html
June 11, 2013
The key theme for Borealis, Borouge, and Nova Chemicals at the K 2013 plastics and rubber trade fair at Düsseldorf later this year will be Open your mind, Borealis said at a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Borealis-Borouge-and-Nova-outline-plans-at-pre-K-event_52712.html
June 7, 2013
Cardia Bioplastics (Mulgrave, Australia) and biomolecular engineers at the University of Sydney are developing more cost-effective polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polymers, Cardia has...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Australias-Cardia-Bioplastics-and-Univ-of-Sydney-researchers-develop-renewable-PPC-polymers_52691.html
May 29, 2013
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Co. (Orpic; Muscat), plans to invest $3.6 billion to develop a petrochemicals complex near the Ṣuḥār, Oman, refinery, which will provide raw...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Oman-details-$3-6-billion-investment-in-petchems-at-ur_52355.html
May 28, 2013
Sibur (Moscow) has begun integrated equipment testing at the propylene storage facility and trial production of the first polypropylene (PP) line at the company’s Tobolsk-Polymer...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sibur-begins-trial-runs-at-Tobolsk-polypropylene-complex_52322.html
May 23, 2013
Sabic has opened its first engineering plastics compounding facility as well as a new polypropylene (PP) compounding plant, at its manufacturing affiliate, Saudi Specialty Chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Report-Sabic-opens-compounding-facilities-at-Al-Jubail_52258.html
May 13, 2013
The Competition Tribunal (Pretoria) is set to hear next week the case brought against Sasol by the Competition Commission (Pretoria), under which Sasol was accused of charging...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sasol-to-defend-propylene-and-PP-pricing-policies-before-competition-tribunal_51947.html
May 9, 2013
Braskem's first quarter earnings totaled R$227 million ($113 million), up 49% year-over-year (YOY) from R$152 million, but down 18% sequentially from R$275 million in the fourth quarter of 2012....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Braskem-first-quarter-net-income-up-49-percent_51886.html
May 7, 2013
State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan (Socar; Baku) will produce polypropylene (PP) at a new site to be established by its Azerikimya Production Union (Baku) subsidiary, Socar...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Report-Azerbaijans-Socar-to-raise-funds-to-build-PP-plant_51811.html
May 3, 2013

A fire at an ethylene purification unit at Formosa Plastics’ complex at Point Comfort, TX yesterday, injured 14 people. Eight of the injured have been treated and released as of Friday morning, according to a company spokesperson. 

The fire occurred in an ethylene purification area near the site’s “PE 1” high-density polyethylene (HDPE) production unit. 

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http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Fire-injures-14-at-Formosas-Point-Comfort-TX-site_51743.html
May 3, 2013
Private equity firm Sun Capital (Boca Raton, FL) says it will combine five of the packaging companies its owns under its Exopack Holdings (Spartanburg, SC) investment. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sun-Capital-to-combine-packaging-investments-under-Exopack_51745.html
April 29, 2013
Rosneft (Moscow) and Mitsui & Co. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop jointly Rosneft's previously announced Far East Petrochemical Co. (Fepco) project near...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Rosneft-Mitsui-sign-MOU-to-develop-petchem-project-in-Russian-far-east_51563.html
April 26, 2013
Russia’s largest producer of petrochemicals, has outlined its investment plans and announced the completion of a 500,000-m.t./year polypropylene (PP) plant at Tobolsk, Russia. Russian regulators are currently on-site inspecting the facility before approving the start of operations....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sibur-readies-PP-plant-to-decide-on-olefins-complex_51423.html
April 24, 2013
Brazil has proposed a set of tax cuts to boost its petrochemical sector and ethanol sector, according to a statement from the Finance Ministry (Brasilia) issued on Wednesday...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Brazil-proposes-measures-to-stimulate-the-petrochemical-and-ethanol-industries_51399.html
April 18, 2013
Sabic Europe (Sittard, Netherlands) has announced a major restructuring of its operations, resulting in 1,050 job cuts. Sabic employees represent two-thirds of the cuts announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sabic-restructures-European-operations-cuts-more-than-1000-jobs_51273.html
April 17, 2013
State-owned energy company Pertamina (Jakarta) has confirmed the selection of PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC; Bangkok) as its partner in a previously announced petrochemical complex on the island of Java, Indonesia....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Pertamina-confirms-PTT-as-partner-in-$5-billion-complex_51082.html
April 17, 2013
Sibur (Moscow), Russia’s largest petrochemicals company, has outlined its investment plans and announced the completion of a 500,000-m.t./year polypropylene (PP) plant at...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Sibur-readies-world-scale-PP-plant-to-decide-soon-on-major-olefins-complex_51212.html
April 15, 2013
Brazil has launched two investigations into the possible dumping in the Brazilian market of polypropylene (PP) originating from South Africa, India, and Korea. The probes cover the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Brazil-investigates-alleged-dumping-of-polypropylene_51138.html
April 15, 2013
LyondellBasell Industries says that Nizhnekamskneftekhim (Nizhnekamsk, Russia) has selected LyondellBasell’s Spheripol process technology for a new 400,000-m.t./year single-line...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/plastics/polypropylene/Nizhnekamskneftekhim-selects-LyondellBasell-technology-for-PP-plant_51084.html
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