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September 26, 2014Shell 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 29, 2014Low-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 29, 2014BP 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 15, 2014Prices 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 15, 2014Negotiations 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...
August 1, 2014Tesoro 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....
August 1, 2014Europe’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 18, 2014Worldwide 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....
July 18, 2014Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) has declared f orce majeure on ethylene and polyethylene (PE) in the aftermath of a fire that took the company’s 853,000-m.t./year steam...
July 10, 2014[Correction: A previous version of this story stated that a mechanical issue prevented Dow from restarting its Texas City VAM unit following a maintenance turnaround. In fact, the...