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April 15, 2013
Iran has confirmed previously announced plans to set up a new petrochemicals hub at Chahbahar, on the coast on the Gulf of Oman, and said it will soon become the biggest petrochemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Iran-to-set-up-petchems-hub-at-Chahbahar-exports-to-rise-this-year_51175.html
April 15, 2013
Technip has been awarded a contract by state-owned Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) to carry out work on a sulfur recovery project at Bapco’s Sitrah, Bahrain. refinery. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Technip-awarded-sulfur-recovery-plant-contract-in-Bahrain_51174.html
April 15, 2013
A number of Saudi Arabian firms have reported their first quarter 2013 earnings. Saudi Kayan, a Sabic affiliate, reports a net loss of 154.87 million Saudi riyals ($41.3 million) for...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Saudi-Arabian-firms-report-mixed-first-quarter-results_51173.html
April 11, 2013
Yair Lapid, Israel's new finance minister, says he will oppose any attempt by Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan to acquire Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv). Lapid said he...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Israels-finance-minister-opposes-PotashCorp-bid-for-ICL_51114.html
April 10, 2013
Odfjell Tankers and National Chemical Carriers (NCC; Riyadh) have agreed to dissolve their pool of 40,000–45,000 deadweight (dwt) m.t. coated chemical tankers, effective 1 June...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Odfjell-and-Saudi-Arabias-NCC-to-discontinue-chemical-tanker-pool_51041.html
April 10, 2013
Biobased plastics production requires only 0.006% of the 5-billion hectare global agricultural area, according to data recently published by industry body European Bioplastics...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Industry-association-Biobased-plastics-land-use-does-not-pose-threat-to-food-crops_51042.html
April 10, 2013
PolyOne says that Juffali PolyOne Masterbatch, a joint venture between PolyOne and E.A. Juffali & Brothers (Jidda, Saudi Arabia), has opened their previously announced new...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/PolyOne-opens-specialty-colorant-JV-facility-in-Saudi-Arabia_51038.html
April 9, 2013
Sabic and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have signed an initial agreement jointly to develop "practical solutions and processes," Sabic announced. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Sabic-and-MIT-sign-research-collaboration-agreement_51020.html
April 5, 2013
Lonza and Teva Pharmaceutical (PetaŠł• Tiqwa, Israel) say that the potential to develop, manufacture, and market affordable, efficacious, and safe biosimilars remains an area of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Lonza-and-Teva-reaffirm-commitment-to-biosimilars-joint-venture_50962.html
April 4, 2013
When the process is completed later this year, Muntajat will have transformed nine separate marketing organizations with limited resources into one of the largest chemical suppliers in the world...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Muntajat-expands-control-of-Qatar-chemical-exports-to-70-percent_50960.html
April 3, 2013
Sasol Olefins & Surfactants (Sasol O&S; Hamburg), a subsidiary of Sasol, has sold its entire share of Sasol Gulf (Dubai) to Anichem (Dubai), Sasol announced today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Sasol-Olefins-and-Surfactants-sells-Dubai-unit-to-Anichem_50917.html
April 2, 2013
Saudi International Petrochemical (Sipchem; Al Khubar) says that its Sipchem Marketing affiliate has opened an office in Singapore to strengthen its global petrochemical marketing...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/saudi_arabia/Sipchem-opens-office-in-Singapore_50881.html
April 2, 2013
Sadara Chemical has closed its issuance Islamic bonds, or Sukuk, worth 7.5 billion Saudi riyals. The issuance was oversubscribed, leading to an increase from the initial expected...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Sadara-closes-Islamic-bond-issue_50890.html
March 25, 2013
Myriant (Quincy, MA) and Bayegan Group (Istanbul) have signed a broad collaboration agreement to commercialize Myriant’s biobased succinic acid in markets across the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/AFPM-IPC-Myriant-and-Bayegan-sign-broad-distribution-agreement-for-biobased-succinic-acid_50717.html
March 22, 2013

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/saudi_arabia/IHS-WPC-Global-chemical-trade-to-boom-on-advantaged-feedstocks-Witte_50660.html
March 19, 2013
Saudi Chevron Phillips (SCP) resumed operations at its complex at Al Jubail on 9 March following scheduled maintenance. The complex produces benzene, cyclohexane, and motor gasoline...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Saudi-Chevron-Phillips-begins-restart-at-Al-Jubail_50529.html
March 19, 2013
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) recorded a 43% fall in net profits for the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2012 compared with the year-ago quarter, to $209.5 million...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/ICL-profits-slide-43-percent-on-weak-potash-volumes_50527.html
March 19, 2013
Saudi Aramco (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia), already an upstream oil and gas powerhouse and a major oil refiner in Saudi Arabia and around the globe, is on a mission to extend its leadership...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Aramco-A-chemicals-giant-in-waiting_50494.html
March 19, 2013
Albemarle’s joint venture with Arab Potash Co. (Amman, Jordan), Jordan Bromine Co. (JBC; Safi, Jordan), announced that it has successfully commissioned the first phase of expansion project at its Safi site. The expansion project, which doubled the site’s bromine production capacity to 100,000 m.t./year, was first announced in March 2011....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Albemarle-joint-venture-completes-first-phase-of-Jordan-bromine-expansion_50524.html
March 19, 2013
The Mosaic Co. has entered into a heads of agreement with the Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma'aden) and Sabic under which the companies intend to establish a joint venture to develop...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/Maaden-Mosaic-and-Sabic-sign-agreement-for-$7-billion-phosphate-complex-in-Saudi-Arabia_50619.html
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