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March 17, 2015
Petro Rabigh (Rabigh, Saudi Arabia), a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, announced today an amendment to its existing Water and Energy Conversion Agreement...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Petro-Rabigh-raises-supplies-from-utility-company-to-accommodate-expansion_68625.html
March 16, 2015
Frutarom Industries, a major player in the flavors & fine ingredients market, today reported a 22% rise in 2014 sales to $820 million with rapid growth in the emerging markets...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Frutarom-Industries-reports-record-results-sets-targets-for-2020_68599.html
March 15, 2015
Sadara, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical, announced on Sunday that its non-executive board member Abulaziz Al Judaimi has submitted his resignation citing other...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Sadara-appoints-new-non-executive-director_68568.html
March 12, 2015
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, said today that it had to extend its steam cracker maintenance period by an additional 10 days after discovering a technical fault. The company...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Kayan-extends-maintenance-at-Jubail-halts-PE-production_68471.html
March 11, 2015
India has revived plans to build an ammonia-urea complex in Iran.  Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, junior chemicals and fertilizers minister told Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/India-revives-plans-for-ammonia-urea-joint-venture-in-Iran_68434.html
March 10, 2015
The board of Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co., a Sabic affiliate, on Monday announced the appointment of  Nasser bin Abdulaziz Abanmy as chairman. He assumes his appointment on 1...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Saudi-Kayan-appoints-new-chairman_68409.html
March 9, 2015
Nearly 80% of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region’s major petrochemical and chemical producers have made innovation strategy a key business priority, indicating that the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/GCC-petrochemical-industry-moving-toward-innovative-strategies-GPCA-survey-finds_68376.html
March 5, 2015
CB&I today announced an award of a $60 million contract by JGSK JV, a joint venture between JGC Corp., GS E&C and SK E&C. The project scope includes the engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/CB-and-I-awarded-storage-tank-contract-in-Kuwait_68340.html
March 1, 2015
Iran is making good progress with construction of what it says will be the world’s largest methanol plant. Mohammad Hassan Peyvandi, deputy head of the National Petrochemical Co...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Iran-builds-mega-methanol-plant-at-Bandar-Dayyer_68205.html
February 27, 2015
Shell's Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, in Qatar has entered a planned maintenance turnaround in February 2015. Pearl GTL comprises two identical GTL 'trains', with a total capacity...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Shells-Pearl-GTL-plant-in-Qatar-in-2-month-turnaround_68182.html
February 25, 2015
Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. (Petro Rabigh; Rabigh, Saudi Arabia), a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, announced today that its board of directors on...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Petro-Rabigh-plans-a-50-day-shutdown-of-all-facilities-for-turnaround_68074.html
February 23, 2015
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) said today that it has finalized the prequalification process for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Orpic-completes-prequalification-of-E-and-C-firms-for-Liwa-project_67993.html
February 23, 2015
The Saudi Arabian Mining Co., (Ma’aden) said today that Ma’aden Phosphate Company (MPC), a joint venture owned 70% by Ma’aden and 30% by Sabic, has resumed operations...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Maaden-resumes-production-at-ammonia-plant-after-maintenance_67992.html
February 23, 2015
IDEA Soda Ash and Calcium Chloride Co. (Isacc; Al Khubar, Saudi Arabia) said today that it has received approval from the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu for 1 million square...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Saudi-company-receives-land-allocation-from-Royal-Commission-for-soda-ash-project_67991.html
February 21, 2015
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) expanded its strike on Saturday to include Motiva’s refinery in Port Arthur, TX. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/USW-strike-expands-to-include-Motiva-refinery_67990.html
February 20, 2015
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) has confirmed that workers at the company's Dead Sea Works (DSW) subsidiary launched a full strike yesterday at DSW's bromine plant at Sodom...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Workers-launch-strike-at-ICL-plant-in-Israel_67973.html
February 17, 2015
Methanol Chemicals Co. (Chemanol; Ad Dammām, Saudi Arabia), a producer of methanol-based chemicals, said today that it is re-thinking plans to invest in a sulfonated naphthalene...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Chemanol-rethinks-plans-for-sulfonated-naphthalene-formaldehyde-plant_67796.html
February 16, 2015
Sabic said on 15 February that Yousef Abdullah Al Benyan had been appointed acting CEO of the company. This follows the appointment by the new Saudi King Salman of Mohamed Al...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Mohamed-Al-Mady-steps-down-as-CEO-of-Sabic-Al-Benyan-appointed-acting-CEO_67795.html
February 16, 2015
OCI N.V. (Amsterdam) announced today that it has formally commenced proceedings to demerge the company’s engineering and construction business from its fertilizer and chemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/OCI-NV-details-plans-to-demerge-fertilizers-from-construction-operations_67807.html
February 13, 2015
Advanced Petrochemical (Al Jubail) plans to shut its propylene and polypropylene (PP) plants at Al Jubail for three weeks of planned maintenance starting on 1 March, the company says...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Advanced-Petrochemical-to-shut-propylene-PP-plants-for-maintenance-in-March_67775.html
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