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November 28, 2014
Methanex says that its Trinidad operations have been temporarily idled due to an interruption in power supply. The facilities have not been receiving electrical power off the national...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Methanex-temporarily-idles-Trinidad-facilities_65721.html
November 20, 2014
Fertilizer production has begun at the expanded Petroquimica de Venezuela (Pequiven; Valencia, Venezuela) Hugo Chavez Petrochemical Complex—formerly known as Morón...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/Pequiven-starts-production-at-expanded-fertilizer-plant-in-Venezuela_65567.html
November 19, 2014
Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santigo) reported a net income of $66.4 million during the third quarter compared with $138.9 million year-on-year (YOY). However, this...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/argentina/SQMs-reports-39-6-percent-Ebitda-margin-in-third-quarter-highest-for-six-quarters_65530.html
November 17, 2014
Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA; Caracas) has restarted its fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit at the El Palito, Venezuela refinery, after scheduled maintenance, the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/PDVSA-restarts-FCC-unit-at-El-Palito-refinery_65481.html
November 14, 2014
Dow Chemical plans to expand capacity and enhance production technologies and equipment at its four polyethylene (PE) production units at Bahia Blanca, Argentina, starting in 2015. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/argentina/Dow-to-expand-PE-capacity-in-Argentina_65437.html
November 13, 2014
Brazil's competition authority CADE (Brasilia) has rejected Braskem's proposed acquisition of Solvay's 70.59% stake in chlorvinyls company Solvay Indupa (Buenos Aires). The decision...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazil-blocks-Braskems-acquisition-of-Solvay-Indupa-update-adds-Braskem-comment_65343.html
November 12, 2014
TCU (Brasilia), Brazil's tribunal that oversees state spending, says that Petrobras allowed suppliers and contractors to overcharge on contracts for refineries and other projects...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Tribunal-Petrobras-overpaid-contractors-for-refinery-projects_65326.html
November 12, 2014
Praxair says it has signed a long-term contract to provide hydrogen to Repsol (Madrid), a petrochemical producer. Repsol is constructing a steam methane reformer (SMR) at its La...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Praxair-to-build-hydrogen-plant-for-refinery-in-Peru_65323.html
November 11, 2014
Ballooning trade deficits and how Latin American can emulate North America’s investment boon with its own shale gas resources dominated discussion at the 34th annual meeting of...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/APLA-2014-Capturing-new-feedstock-and-demand-opportunities_65285.html
November 10, 2014
Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB; La Paz), has awarded Tecnimont a consulting services contract on YPFB's planned propylene and polypropylene (PP)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/Tecnimont-wins-consulting-contract-for-YPFB-propylenePP-project_65255.html
November 6, 2014
Braskem reported net profit of 230 million reais ($91.7 million) in the third quarter, down 42% year-on-year (YOY), according to the latest company results released today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskems-net-income-down-42-percent_65195.html
November 6, 2014
Oxiteno, the chemical subsidiary of Ultrapar (São Paulo), reported 62.1 million reais ($24.8 million) in operating income during the third quarter, down from R$113.1 million in...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Oxiteno-operating-income-drops-45-percent-on-economic-slowdown_65184.html
October 31, 2014
Brazil imported $4.2 billion of chemicals during the month of September, an increase of 8.9% compared with September 2013, according to figures released by Abiquim (São Paulo)...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazils-chemical-imports-up-almost-9-percent-in-September_65021.html
October 31, 2014
Brazil's chemical production decreased 3.18% year-on-year (YOY) during the third quarter, according to preliminary data released by the economics and statistics team of Brazil's...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Brazils-chemical-production-down-more-than-3-percent-in-third-quarter_65022.html
October 29, 2014
Verde Potash (Toronto) has been approved for a 57.5 million Reais ($22.9 million) credit line, to be sourced by Brazil's development bank BNDES (Rio de Janeiro), at a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Verde-Potash-approved-for-R$57-5-million-credit-facility_64891.html
October 28, 2014
Borealis is to restructure its operations in Brazil to optimize production, the company said today. Following a €45 million ($57.3 million) investment at its Itatiba plant near...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Borealis-to-consolidate-plastics-compounding-operations-in-Brazil_64859.html
October 27, 2014
Construction of Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos's (YPFB; La Paz) fertilizer complex at Bulo Bulo, Bolivia is 48% complete—including construction, basic engineering...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Construction-of-Bolivia-fertilizer-complex-48-percent-complete_64817.html
October 22, 2014
Braskem (São Paulo) has restarted its steam cracker at Santo André in São Paulo State, after a planned 39-day turnaround for general maintenance, Braskem tells CW...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Braskem-restarts-cracker-in-Brazil-after-major-turnaround_64667.html
October 21, 2014
Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA; Caracas) has begun operating a natural gas pipeline linking the company's complex at Muscar, Venezuela, to its extraction plant at Santa Barbara...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/venezuela/PDVSA-inaugurates-natural-gas-pipeline_64633.html
October 21, 2014
Nilit (Migdal HaEmek, Israel), a manufacturer of nylon-6,6 for thermoplastics and apparel applications, has signed an agreement to acquire Invista’s Americana, Brazil...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/south_america/brazil/Israeli-firm-to-acquire-Invistas-nylon-plant-in-Brazil_64630.html
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