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March 12, 2012
EPA says it will conduct more testing at Pavillion, WY where a recent draft report indicated water contamination was caused by hydraulic fracturing, the first time the agency had...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/EPA-to-Conduct-More-Testing-in-Wyoming-Hydraulic-Fracturing-Investigation_41925.html
March 6, 2012
The strength of the U.S. petrochemical industry’s infrastructure and its relation to shale gas developments was touted by industry experts at IHS CERA Week, held this week in...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/IHS-CERA-Week-2012-North-American-Infrastructure-to-Benefit-Shale-Gas_41830.html
March 6, 2012
The European Commission has proposed that the region takes “decisive action” to accelerate innovation relating to key raw materials, and agricultural products, by...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/EU-Proposes-Innovation-Partnerships-for-the-Supply-of-Raw-Materials-Agricultural-Products_41822.html
March 6, 2012
Enterprise Products Partners says it will partner with Anadarko Petroleum (The Woodlands, TX) and Enbridge Energy Partners (Calgary, AB) to build a new, 580-mile natural gas liquids...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Enterprise-Partners-for-NGL-Pipeline_41818.html
March 2, 2012
This Week on CW:   Some late earnings trickled in this week, and the news was mixed, though leaning negative. DSM’s fourth-quarter profits fell 43% due to flagging economic...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-March-2_41783.html
February 27, 2012
Mosaic has reached an agreement with environmental groups that will allow the company to reopen and expand a phosphate mine at South Fort Meade, Florida. The agreement in part requires...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Mosaic-Settles-Lawsuit-over-Florida-Phosphate-Expansion_41536.html
February 27, 2012
Formosa Plastics says it will invest about $1.7 billion at its Point Comfort, TX site to build a new, grassroots 800,000-m.t./year ethane cracker, an associated 600,000-m.t./year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit and a new 300,000-m.t./year low-density polyethylene (LDPE) resin plant. Start-up is expected in 2016, Formosa says.
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http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Formosa-Updates-Plans-for-U-S-Expansion_41617.html
February 24, 2012
BASF has set a series of new environmental, health and safety goals for the group. One of its new goals is to increase energy efficiency - defined as the amount of products sold in...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/BASF-Targets-35-percent-Hike-in-Energy-Efficiency-by-2020_41574.html
February 22, 2012
Negotiations for a financing package for the Ethylene XXI complex planned by Braskem (São Paulo) and  Grupo Idesa (Mexico City) for Coatzacoalcos, Mexico are “going...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Ethylene-XXI-Financing-Slated-for-Completion-by-End-of-April_41550.html
February 15, 2012
Bayer has leased its 1,400-acre site at New Martinsville, WV to Gastar Exploration (Houston) for $30-million deal. Gastar will drill for gas at the site for 30 years, and plans to...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Bayer-Leases-WV-Land-to-Gastar-Exploration-for-$30-Million_41373.html
February 14, 2012
Aither Chemicals (South Charleston, WV) and Pittsburgh’s Renewable Manufacturing Gateway (RMG: Pittsburgh, PA) have signed a letter of engagement to invest about $750 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Start-up-Petrochemical-Company-Seeks-to-Build-Catalytic-Based-Ethane-Cracker-in-U-S-Northeast_41300.html
February 13, 2012
Qatar Petroleum (QP; Doha) and Qatar Petrochemical Co (Qapco; Doha) have reached agreement to build an integrated petrochemical complex in Ras Laffan, Qatar....
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/QP-and-Qapco-to-Build-Petrochemical-Complex-at-Ras-Laffan_41304.html
February 10, 2012
LyondellBasell reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $218 million, compared with a profit of $766 million in the year-ago quarter. Sales rose 11%, to $11.4 billion. Weaker results were attributed to customer destocking, a slowdown in Europe and Asia, poor refining margins, and one-time charges. LyondellBasell says earnings were negatively impacted by $448 million, or 79 cts/share, in charges relating primarily to refinancing costs and the suspension of operations at its Berre, France refinery.  LyondellBasell enjoyed a net income benefit of $151 million in the year-ago quarter, due primarily to a favorable inventory adjustment....
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/LyondellBasell-Swings-to-Loss-on-Destocking-Refinancing-Costs_41284.html
February 7, 2012
ACC has launched an energy advocacy and awareness campaign called From Chemistry to Energy. The program will advocate for a comprehensive national energy strategy that maximizes domestic energy resources, with a focus on robust and responsible production of domestic shale gas; improved residential, commercial and industrial energy efficiency; and expanded adoption of energy recovery programs....
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/ACC-Launches-Energy-Advocacy-Campaign_41075.html
February 6, 2012
Solvay joint venture SolVin has commissioned a 1 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell at its production complex at Antwerp. The PEM fuel cell, which Solvay describes as a...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Solvay-Commissions-Largest-PEM-Fuel-Cell_41035.html
January 31, 2012
Enzymes group Novozymes says it has created an “exploratory research agreement” with Sea6 Energy (Chennai, India), a start-up biotech firm, to jointly develop an enzymatic...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Novozymes-Collaborates-on-Seaweed-to-Biofuels-Project-in-India_40926.html
January 26, 2012
Lawmakers in West Virginia have passed a law providing 25 years of property tax incentives for companies interested in building a petrochemical cracker based on natural gas from the...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/West-Virginia-Tax-Changes-Offer-Incentives-for-Petchem-Production_40844.html
January 26, 2012
Desso (Waalwijk, the Netherlands), a manufacturer of carpets and flooring systems made from materials such as nylon 6, nylon 6,6 and polypropylene (PP), in 2007 changed its business...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Cradle-to-Cradle-Manufacture-Flooring-Producer-Desso-Lays-Out-New-Approach_40781.html
January 26, 2012
Celtic Renewables (Edinburgh, U.K.), a biotech company developing a process for converting whiskey byproducts into biobutanol and other biochemicals, has been launched yesterday. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/U-K-Spin-out-Firm-to-Generate-BioButanol-from-Whiskey-Byproduct_40714.html
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