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October 9, 2014
The styrene outage at Shell’s Moerdijk facility in the Netherlands has boosted US benzene prices. The spot price increased to $4.25/gal on 7 October, closing the arbitrage to Europe...
October 9, 2014
European polyethylene (PE) demand was strong in September, since converters restocked and prices weakened. Demand slowed late in the month, but exports gained on the weakening euro...
October 9, 2014
Propylene prices have been rising steadily in the United States for several months, but a spate of plant outages has given them an extra jolt, sending the price of refinery-grade...
September 25, 2014
The volume of trade on the US ethylene spot market has risen substantially over the last decade, driven by the growing use of ethylene futures and options to hedge price risks. The trend will continue as new production capacity comes onstream, although logistical issues limit the market’s efficiency, observers say....
September 25, 2014
Shell Chemicals says it will rebuild the MSPO-2 propylene oxide–styrene monomer (POSM) plant at the company’s Moerdijk, Netherlands, facility. In a statement issued on 17...
August 28, 2014
Low-cost feedstock availability in North America is reshaping the petrochemical industry in Latin America. With no significant capacity addition in Latin America over the past 10...
August 28, 2014
BP declared force majeure on purified terephthalic acid (PTA) in North America after a fire on 9 August forced the company to shut down the PTA-1 production unit at its Cooper River...
August 14, 2014
Prices of the main types of synthetic rubber in Europe are expected to roll over in August, since feedstock prices have not changed significantly and overall demand is not expected to...
August 14, 2014
Negotiations for the major 2015 North America hydrogen peroxide (H 2O 2) contracts are not likely to commence until later this year, but four North American suppliers have already...
July 31, 2014
Tesoro plans to build a $400-million, 15,000-bbl/day mixed xylenes extraction facility at the company’s refinery at Anacortes, WA. The company intends to export the product to Asia, where downstream para -xylene ( p -xylene) capacity is expanding rapidly. Most of this new Asian capacity will be back-integrated, but Tesoro expects its logistical and operating-cost advantages will make the project profitable....
July 31, 2014
Europe’s August ethylene contract price settled down €15/m.t. ($20), to €1,205/m.t. del northwestern Europe. Producers attempted to maintain the July price level, but a...
July 17, 2014
Worldwide demand for soda ash will increase almost 34% during the next decade thanks to the recovering construction and automotive industries, according to the IHS Chemical World Analysis—Soda Ash 2014. Consumption of soda ash is more than 55 million m.t./year and will increase to almost 73 million m.t./year by 2023, the report says....
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