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November 30, 2012
A train derailment in Paulsboro, NJ has caused potentially hazardous vinyl chloride to spill into local air and water, reports say. The derailment, caused by the collapse of a rail...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/NJ-train-derailment-causes-vinyl-chloride-spill_48086.html
November 30, 2012
Slated for completion in mid-2014, the facility is expected to produce 30 million gal/yr of bioethanol from corn stover, a capital investment of about $7/gal....
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/DuPont-breaks-ground-on-$200-million-cellulosic-ethanol-plant_48072.html
November 26, 2012
Mexichem says it has abandoned a planned vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) manufacturing joint venture with Mexico’s state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City)...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Mexichem-pulls-out-of-planned-VCM-venture-with-Pemex_47938.html
November 20, 2012
Mexico's state oil company Pemex (Mexico City) says it has restarted its ammonia unit at Ciudad Camargo, Chihuahua state. The plant has been offline since 2002 and was restarted with...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Pemex-restarts-Camargo-ammonia-unit_47873.html
November 16, 2012
In more mature markets such as Western Europe, industry will see industry consolidation, operations optimization and movement toward production of higher-value performance products...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Shale-provides-North-American-PE-players-with-growing-advantage_47812.html
November 16, 2012
The company expects the new capacity to begin operations in the second quarter of 2014....
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Air-Products-to-expand-Geismar-syngas-unit_47783.html
November 14, 2012
Competitive raw materials stemming from shale gas development in the US have caused investors to reconsider the timing for planned world-scale projects in Latin America, with...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/APLA-2012-Shale-gas-alters-Latin-Americas-prospects_47655.html
November 14, 2012
BASF and Gazprom (Moscow) have agreed on an asset swap, under which BASF will increase its oil and gas production in Russia and exit the gas trading and storage business. The deal was...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/BASF-and-Gazprom-agree-on-energy-asset-swap_47687.html
November 13, 2012
The high cost of production in Brazil, due in part to expensive raw materials, energy, and high taxes, has been a central concern for domestic producers, according to speakers and...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Brazil-takes-steps-to-alleviate-high-cost-of-production_47652.html
November 12, 2012
BASF says it will build a production plant for emulsion polymers at its Freeport, TX, site. Total investment in the plant is estimated to be more than $90 million, says a...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/BASF-to-build-emulsions-polymer-plant-at-Freeport-site_47640.html
November 8, 2012
Georgia Gulf told investors that it is interested in partnering on condo-cracker projects to meet its long-term goal of sourcing 50% of its ethylene requirement at “cost base–type” economics....
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Georgia-Gulf-open-to-condo-cracker-to-meet-ethylene-requirements_47533.html
November 1, 2012
ExxonMobil Chemical reported chemical earnings of $790 million, down 21% from the year-ago quarter, due to lower margins. The company says lower margins decreased earnings by...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/ExxonMobil-Chemical-earnings-fall-21-percent-on-lower-margins_47395.html
October 29, 2012
A recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report says the development of algae-based biofuels poses sustainability concerns. Issues include the large amount of water used...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/National-Academy-of-Sciences-finds-algae-based-biofuels-pose-sustainability-concerns_47318.html
October 24, 2012
Dow Chemical says it plans to build a new world-scale plant for the production of metallocene-based ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) at one of its US Gulf Coast sites. The plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Dow-to-build-US-Gulf-Coast-EPDM-plant_47212.html
October 24, 2012
Caffaro Brescia (Brescia, Italy) says it has extended a supply agreement with DuPont for sodium chlorite. Caffaro Brescia was created when it purchased the sodium chlorite plant of the...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Italian-firm-extends-supply-agreement-with-DuPont_47179.html
October 16, 2012
The European Union (EU) has tightened restrictions on Iranian exports of petrochemicals, as part of a broadening of sanctions against Iran that aims to draw the Iranian government into...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/New-EU-sanctions-target-Irans-petrochemical-exports_47002.html
October 8, 2012
BP says it plans to sell its Texas City, TX refinery and part of its retail and logistics network to Marathon Petroleum for $2.5 billion. BP in 2011 announced plans to divest the...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/BP-sells-Texas-City-refinery-to-Marathon-for-$2-5-billion_46811.html
October 8, 2012
The geographic balance of demand in the global petrochemical market will continue to shift from Western Europe and North America to fast-growing economies in Asia/Pacific and...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/EPCA-2012-Petchem-demand-shifts-east-as-capacity-heads-west_46787.html
October 7, 2012
Europe's olefins and derivatives industry must focus on adding value to its products, if it is to survive in a rapidly changing global petrochemicals market, says Matthew Thoelke...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/EPCA-2012-Differentiation-is-key-to-survival-of-Europes-olefins-industry_46788.html
October 5, 2012
The Brazil-Mexico joint venture Braskem Idesa (Mexico City) has awarded a $2.7-billion E&C contract to a consortium of Odebrecht, Technip, and ICA Fluor for engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Ethylene-XXI-EPC-contract-goes-to-consortium-led-by-Odebrecht-Technip_46724.html
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