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December 18, 2014
Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) is appealing a decision by a New York court that requires the company to set aside $593 million for a potential payout to Conproca, a consortium...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Pemex-appeals-US-court-decision-requiring-$593-million-be-set-aside-for-payout-to-consortium-in-lawsuit_66294.html
December 18, 2014
BioNitrogen Holdings Corp. (West Palm Beach, FL), a cleantech company with technology that converts biomass into urea fertilizer, says it has signed an agreement with Saipem for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/BioNitrogen-partners-with-Saipem-for-biomass-to-urea-EPC-services_66322.html
December 18, 2014
LyondellBasell has appointed executive v.p. Bhavesh Patel as its next CEO, effective 12 January 2015. Patel succeeds James Gallogly, who announced plans to retire in September....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/LyondellBasell-names-Patel-as-next-CEO_66293.html
December 18, 2014
Uralkali (Berezniki, Russia), one of the largest potash producers, today announced its third-quarter results with revenues up 5% on the year-earlier quarter at $896 million. Production...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Uralkali-reports-strong-results-expects-record-potash-deliveries-this-year_66292.html
December 18, 2014
Eastman Chemical says that it will increase Texanol ester alcohol manufacturing capacity at its Longview, TX site. The plant expansion is expected to be complete in the second half of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Eastman-to-expand-ester-alcohol-capacity-in-Texas_66280.html
December 17, 2014
Dow Corning will abandon its never-operated Hemlock Semiconductor polysilicon facility in Clarksville, TN. The $1 billion-plus project was completed last year but never produced product because of oversupply in polysilicon markets and the impact of tariffs on polycrystalline silicon imported into China....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dow-Corning-to-abandon-Hemlocks-Tennessee-polysilicon-assets_66278.html
December 17, 2014

The State of New York intends to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, citing public health risks.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/New-York-State-to-ban-hydraulic-fracking_66249.html
December 17, 2014
Flavors and fragrances manufacturer Evolva (Reinach, Switzerland) says it has completed its acquisition of Allylix (San Diego, CA), a start-up with technology for bio-based fragrance...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Evolva-completes-acquisition-of-Allylix_66277.html
December 17, 2014

OxyChem (Dallas, TX) and Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) say that their 50-50 jv, Ingleside Ethylene, began construction of its 540,000 m.t./yr ethane cracker at OxyChem’s Ingleside, TX, complex in the second quarter of 2014. The $1.5 billion project remains on schedule to begin commercial production in the first quarter of 2017, they say.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/OxyChem-Mexichem-cracker-jv-has-begun-construction_66275.html
December 17, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that Freedom Industries (Charleston, WV) and six former Freedom officials have been charged with various federal crimes related to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/DOJ-indicts-Freedom-Industries-officials-in-January-West-Virginia-spill_66274.html
December 17, 2014
FMC today announced three executive appointments and promotions. Eric Norris, previously v.p. and global business director/lithium, has been named v.p. and global business...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/FMC-announces-new-executive-appointments_66246.html
December 17, 2014
MEGlobal (Dubai) has launched a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for construction of a world-scale ethylene glycol (EG) plant on the US Gulf coast. The plant is expected to onstream in 2018....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/MEGlobal-studies-world-scale-ethylene-glycol-project-in-US_66241.html
December 17, 2014
Dow Chemical says that Deborah Borg, v.p./human resources (HR), has been named president of the company's US activities. She will continue to be based at Midland, MI; report to Joe...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Dows-new-presidentUnited-States_66232.html
December 17, 2014
Bayer HealthCare announced today that it has definitively agreed to sell its equine products Legend/Hyonate (hyaluronate sodium) and Marquis (ponazuril) to Merial. The deal is expected...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Bayer-HealthCare-divests-old-animal-health-products-to-Merial_66231.html
December 17, 2014
Toluene disproportionation (TDP) and selective TDP (STDP) units are likely to be the first casualties of the recent collapse of the benzene price, in the United States and worldwide...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Toluene-disproportionation-operating-rates-in-US-are-the-first-to-be-slowed-by-collapse-of-benzene-prices_66245.html
December 17, 2014
Combined polyolefin exports from the United States and Canada tumbled in October, according to data compiled by Veris Consulting for the ACC Plastics Industry Producers' Statistics Group. Overall sales results were mixed....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Steep-October-decline-for-US-Canada-polyolefin-exports_66221.html
December 17, 2014
UCB, Advent International and Avista Capital Partners said on Tuesday that they have agreed to terminate their agreement, announced on 7 November 2014, for Advent and Avista to acquire...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/UCB-terminates-agreement-to-sell-generic-drugs-unit-to-private-equity-groups_66235.html
December 16, 2014
Praxair announced today that it is increasing medical and bulk gas prices for customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico effective 1 January. The adjustments will...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/Praxair-to-increase-North-American-prices_66219.html
December 16, 2014
Oilfield chemicals supplier WadeCo Specialties (Midland, TX) says it has acquired Select Chemicals Ltd. (Yorktown, TX), a maker of production chemicals for oil and gas operations in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/WadeCo-acquires-Texas-based-oil-production-chemicals-maker_66207.html
December 16, 2014
Renewable Energy Group (REG; Ames, IA) has completed upgrades to the company's biorefinery at Newton, IA, which allows the plant to produce an even higher-purity biomass-based diesel...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/north_america/us/REG-upgrades-Iowa-biorefinery_66206.html
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