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March 29, 2012
The outlook for the U.S. domestic natural gas supply continues to strengthen as more natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) are produced from shale plays around the country...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/IHS-WPC-2012-Outlook-Bright-for-U-S-Natural-Gas_42387.html
March 29, 2012
A significant premium in crude oil prices relative to natural gas has made ethane-to-ethylene economics in North America very profitable once again. Midstream energy and petrochemical companies are making significant investments in the North American market to leverage low-cost natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) feedstocks, Mark Eramo, v.p./research and analysis at IHS Chemical told attendees at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference currently being held in Houston....
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/IHS-WPC-2012-North-American-Shale-Developments-Reshaping-Global-Ethylene-Markets_42366.html
March 29, 2012
A surge in shale gas production and gas-based feedstock will trigger a wave of petrochemical investments in North America, industry executives told attendees at IHS World Petrochemical Conference, currently being held in Houston. However, not all of the announced ethylene capacity, which now exceeds 20 billion lbs/year, will come to market in a timely manner as producers face  challenges, including permitting and project delays, producers say....
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/IHS-WPC-2012-Shale-Gale-Generates-Building-Boom-but-Risks-Must-be-Managed-Say-Producers_42365.html
March 28, 2012
A technique developed by researchers from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI; San Francisco Bay Area, CA), is able to optimise the performance of microbes to generate a target...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/U-S-Synthetic-Biology-Technique-Triples-Biodiesel-Yield_42324.html
March 26, 2012
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) says it will expand natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation capacity at its Sweeny, TX facility by about 19%, or about 22,000 bpd. The NGL...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/CPChem-to-Boost-Fractionation-Capacity-at-Sweeny-TX_42291.html
March 23, 2012
The rapid transformation of the North American petrochemicals outlook will dominate discussions at key industry conferences over the next few weeks, including the American Fuel and...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Petchem-Revival_42254.html
March 23, 2012
This Week on CW:   Growth in the chemical industry in China is slowing, but still strong, and higher than in developed economies. Most analysts say the country can avoid a...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-Mar-23_42276.html
March 20, 2012
Researchers from Japan and the U.S. have developed a proton-responsive ligand and a homogeneous iridium catalyst which together enable the controlled storage and release of...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Mimicking-Photosynthesis-Enables-Storage-and-Release-of-Hydrogen_42127.html
March 20, 2012
Williams Partners says it will acquire Caiman Energy's (Dallas, TX) natural gas-gathering subsidiary Caiman Eastern Midstream for about $2.5 billion. The acquisition will provide...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Williams-to-Buy-Natural-Gas-Gathering-Subsidiary-of-Caiman-Energy_42126.html
March 20, 2012
Enterprise Products Partners says it will build two more natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionators at its Mont Belvieu, TX complex that will provide 150,000 bpd of incremental...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Enterprise-to-Build-Two-More-NGL-Fractionators-at-Mont-Belvieu_42122.html
March 16, 2012
This Week on CW:   Shell Chemical says it is evaluating a site in Pennsylvania for a new, world-scale ethane cracker that will mostly serve the U.S. northeast. The company has...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Chemical-Industry-Weekly-News-Round-Up-Mar-16_42093.html
March 15, 2012
Shell Chemical says signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corp. (Pittsburgh, PA) to evaluate a site at Monaca, PA for a potential petrochemical complex. The company announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Shell-to-Evaluate-Site-at-Monaca-PA-for-Potential-Ethane-Cracker_42047.html
March 14, 2012
The U.S. Senate has rejected an amendment that would have subsidized natural gas vehicles, a measure industry groups had opposed. The Senate vote, 51-47, fell short of the 60 votes...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/U-S-Senate-Rejects-Natural-Gas-Amendment_41986.html
March 13, 2012
Poland at a ministerial level meeting on Friday vetoed a proposal by the European Union (EU) to introduce an 80-95% cut in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, from a baseline of...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Poland-Vetoes-EUs-Planned-Route-to-Low-Carbon-Economy_41960.html
March 13, 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-Water-Quality-Tests-at-Pavillion-WY_41921.html
March 12, 2012
The U.S. Senate last week voted 52-46 to defeat an amendment that would have blocked EPA’s rules limiting air emissions from industrial boilers, a measure that had been backed by...
http://www.chemweek.com/people_and_business/energy_and_feedstocks/Senate-Votes-Down-Attempt-to-Block-Boiler-MACT-Rules_41927.html
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
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