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December 18, 2015
BG Group (Reading, UK), an energy group being acquired by Shell, on Friday said that the Lake Charles, LA, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project has received approval...
December 17, 2015
Ineos announced on Thursday that it has won 21 new shale gas licenses in the final part of UK government’s 14th licensing round. The majority of the licenses are in the old...
December 16, 2015
The UK parliament has voted narrowly to allow fracking to extract shale gas under the country's national parks and certain other protected sites. The new legislation, which permits...
December 16, 2015
Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF; Buenos Aires) and Dow Chemical have agreed to develop shale gas production in El Orejano field, located in Argentina's Vaca Muerta Basin...
December 16, 2015
Statoil (Stavanger, Norway) has awarded Clariant the oil chemicals supply contract on behalf of the Peregrino field's license partners, Clariant announced Wednesday. The contract...
December 16, 2015
More detail has emerged on reports that BASF is considering investing in petrochemicals at Assaluyeh, Iran, when economic sanctions are lifted. Sanctions are expected to be lifted in...
December 15, 2015
Neste (Espoo, Finland), Veolia (Paris), and Borealis have agreed to create Kilpilahti Power Plant (KPP), a joint venture to build a combined heat and power plant at Porvoo, Finland...
December 17, 2015
Total's refinery at Gonfreville, France has been shut down as a result of a strike, Total confirmed Monday. The strike takes place after the conclusion of the annual mandatory...
December 14, 2015
BASF has declined to comment on a report that it is planning to invest in petrochemicals in Iran. The local Press TV, citing Hamid Reza Rostami, director of planning and development at...
December 9, 2015
Ingenio Tabacal (Buenos Aires), a subsidiary of Seaboard Corp (Shawnee Mission, KS), has selected Praj Industries (Pune, India) to provide the technology in the expansion of Tabacal's...
December 9, 2015

Phillips 66 has brought online a new; 100,000-bbl/day natural gas liquids (NGLs) fractionator at its Sweeny Complex in Old Ocean, TX. Named Sweeny Fractionator One, the unit is supplying liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs) to local customers and the market hub at Mont Belvieu, TX, the company says. The unit will supply the international market once the 150,000-bbl/day Freeport LPG Export Terminal is completed in the second half of 2016.


December 8, 2015
US prices for toluene and mixed xylenes (MX) could soften next year, in part because the new Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for 2016, which requires a greater amount of ethanol in the US gasoline pool, reducing demand for other high octane blendstock such as toluene and MX. However, most of the pressure is expected to come from increased imports of toluene, MX, and paraxylene....
December 8, 2015
Evergas (Copenhagen) has contracted with JHW Engineering & Contracting (Shanghai) for the construction of four more ships to transport ethane from the United States to Ineos facilities in Europe. The delivery of the Ineos Max 32,000–cubic meter liquefied ethane carriers is scheduled to begin in early 2018, Evergas says....
December 4, 2015
Carbios (Clermont-Ferrand, France) has developed an enzymatic process that allows the depolymerization of 100% amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (PET)–based commercial...
December 3, 2015
Texas LNG (Houston) has selected Honeywell's natural gas technology and process automation for an export-oriented gas liquefaction facility. The two-phase project, located on the north...
December 3, 2015
Germany’s chemical industry association VCI (Frankfurt) says it welcomes the government’s decision to continue to support industrial combined heat and power (CHP) plants...
December 3, 2015
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) and Taiyo Nippon Sanso said on Thursday that they plan to jointly market a dehydration system using the MCC-developed Zebrex zeolite membranes for...
December 3, 2015
Germany’s environment minister has initiated a national competition for the fifth consecutive year on environmental cooling technology. The “Cooling prize 2016” is...
December 3, 2015
GS Engineering & Construction (Seoul) on Thursday announced that it has been awarded a lump sum turnkey contract worth 758.8 billion South Korean won ($651 million) to build a...
December 1, 2015
Production activities at Braskem's steam cracker at Santo Andre, Brazil, part of the Grande ABC chemical cluster in São Paulo State, have resumed, the company says. As a result...
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