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May 13, 2013
Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem; Al Khubar, Saudi Arabia) has started up its ethyl acetate and butyl acetate manufacturing plant at Al Jubail. The facility is owned by...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Sipchem-starts-up-ethyl-and-butyl-acetate-complex-at-Al-Jubail_51936.html
May 13, 2013
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) is leading a consortium sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bonn) to develop cobalt-based, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Merck-KGaA-leads-international-consortium-to-develop-cobalt-based-dye-sensitized-solar-cells_51950.html
May 13, 2013
The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention has agreed to begin phasing out the use of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in little more than a year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Report-Stockholm-Convention-agrees-on-phaseout-of-HBCD_51948.html
May 13, 2013
Generic pesticide producer Makhteshim Agan (Tel Aviv) says its first-quarter net income rose 1%, to $90.2 million from $89.3 million, during the same quarter last year. Ebitda went up...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Makhteshims-first-quarter-net-profit-up-1-percent_51941.html
May 13, 2013
,Israel Chemicals Ltd/ (ICL; Tel Aviv) today reported a 6% rise in first quarter net profit, to $305 million, on 9% higher sales, at $1.64 billion, citing strong fertilizer sales...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/ICL-reports-higher-earnings-and-revenues-investigates-mining-phosphate-outside-Israel_51938.html
May 7, 2013
The final resolution has been completed in the K-Dow arbitration between Dow Chemical and the Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC; Kuwait City, Kuwait), with Dow confirming today...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Dow-awarded-final-$2-2-billion-payment-in-K-Dow-arbitration_51816.html
May 7, 2013
Kuwait’s previously announced Olefins III project is expected to require an investment of $8–9 billion, according to a report from state news agency Kuna. Preparations for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Report-Kuwaits-Olefins-III-project-estimated-to-cost-$8-9-billion_51809.html
May 7, 2013
Petro Rabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, says it has completed maintenance work on its ethane cracker at Rabigh, Saudi Arabia. The olefins unit had...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Petro-Rabigh-restarts-ethane-cracker-estimates-hit-on-second-quarter-results-of-SR180-million_51805.html
May 3, 2013
ASK Chemicals, a 50-50 joint venture between Ashland and Clariant, sold granulate, coatings, and hot top metal casting products to Iranian government entities, Ashland said in a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/iran/Ashland-Clariant-JV-sold-casting-products-to-Iran_51753.html
May 3, 2013
Sahara Petrochemicals (Riyadh) says the Saudi Acrylic Acid Co., its equally owned joint venture with National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee), has begun trial runs at some of its...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Saudi-acrylic-acid-EDC-and-caustic-soda-projects-begin-trial-runs_51746.html
May 1, 2013
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) plans to build an olefins complex and a polyethylene plant at the Port of Ṣuḥār, Oman at a cost of about $3...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Oman-plans-steam-cracker-and-polyethylene-plant-at-ur_51328.html
May 1, 2013
Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, says that its polycarbonate manufacturing facility at Al Jubail has been brought back onstream following maintenance. Kayan announced end of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Saudi-Kayan-brings-polycarbonate-plant-back-online-amines-units-to-follow_51629.html
May 1, 2013
India has proposed to build a urea manufacturing plant at the petrochemicals hub at Chahbahar, Iran, using natural gas as feedstock, Iranian news agencies report. India has also agreed...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/India-eyes-urea-project-at-Irans-Chahbahar-petchems-hub_51628.html
April 29, 2013
Saudi Arabian Mining Co.’s (Ma’aden; Riyadh) subsidiary Ma’aden Phosphate (MPC) has taken its Ras Az Zawr, Saudi Arabia–based ammonia plant off-line after...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Maaden-shuts-down-ammonia-and-DAP-complex-because-of-technical-problems_51548.html
April 26, 2013
Sabic’s first-quarter net income declined 10%, to 6.56 billion Saudi riyals ($1.75 billion), compared with the first quarter of 2012, but increased 13% compared with the SR5.83...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/-reports-lower-first-quarter-profits_51425.html
April 26, 2013
Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Co. (Muntajat; Doha) has taken over the sales and marketing activities of Qatar Vinyl Co. (QVC), adding 1.2 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Muntajat-takes-over-marketing-activities-of-Qatar-Vinyl-Co-_51422.html
April 26, 2013
Stamicarbon, the licensing subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont (Milan), has signed a contract with the engineering firm First Global (Baghdad) to revamp a urea plant for the State...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Stamicarbon-signs-contract-to-revamp-and-expand-urea-plant-in-Iraq_51525.html
April 23, 2013
Petrochemicals and chemicals capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is forecast to reach 191.2 million m.t./year by 2020, a 50% increase from the 127.8 million m.t./year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/GCC-petchems-capacity-to-rise-by-50-percent-by-2020_51360.html
April 23, 2013
More Saudi chemical producers have reported first-quarter results, which were mostly lower than in the corresponding period of last year. Saudi International Petrochemical Co...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Sipchem-Tasnee-report-lower-first-quarter-profits-Alujain-records-loss-on-extended-shutdown_51358.html
April 23, 2013
Iran has launched production of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) in the Mahsharhr Petrochemical Special Economic Zone in the country's southwestern province of Khuzistan, according to a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Report-Iran-launches-Mideasts-first-MEK-production-unit_51354.html
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