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May 6, 2011
Lights Out: Salt buildup on transmission lines may have caused the interruption. Electrical outages at Texas City, TX forced several refineries and chemical units offline on April 25...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Power-Outages-Disrupt-Texas-City-Production_34591.html
May 6, 2011
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) says its Warrington, U.K. plant has resumed caprolactones monomer production following an unexpected technical problem that forced the site offline on April...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Perstorp-Restarts-Caprolactone-Production-at-U-K-Site_34592.html
May 6, 2011
Ascend Performance Materials and Cyanco Holding Corporation (Winnemucca, NV) say that Cyanco will build a new sodium cyanide manufacturing facility at Ascend’s Chocolate Bayou...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Cyanco-to-Build-Sodium-Cyanide-Plant-at-Ascends-TX-Facility_34593.html
May 6, 2011
Ineos ChlorVinyls declared force majeure on chloromethanes on April 27 due to an undisclosed production problem at its Runcorn, U.K. facility. The company produces about 100,000...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Ineos-Chlorviynls-Force-Majeure_34594.html
May 6, 2011
Natural gas limited partnership ONEOK Partners (Tulsa, OK) says it plans to invest up to $1.2 billion through late 2013 to construct a 570-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline to...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Oneok-Adds-NGL-Pipeline-Capacities_34595.html
April 22, 2011
Global demand for fertilizers is forecast to grow 3.8%/year through 2013, to 415 million m.t., driven by renewed investment after users pulled back in response to the high prices and...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Recovery-Rejuvenates-Fertilizer-Demand-Growth_34278.html
April 22, 2011
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) will restart one of its ethylene units at Port Arthur, TX around April 28 after the unit went down on April 7 for maintenance. The company originally...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/CPChem-Moves-Up-Restart-Date_34279.html
April 22, 2011
Celanese says it will increase the price for all grades of ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) by 6 cts/lb and all grades of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) by 5 cts/lb on May 1, or as contracts...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Celanese-Boosts-Prices_34280.html
April 15, 2011
Butadiene contracts for the month of April posted gains of 17 cts-19 cts/lb in a split settlement, boosting prices to an $1.21-$1.23/lb, depending on the producer. {indesign_image...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Butadiene-Contracts-Skyrocket-on-Renewed-Demand_34124.html
April 15, 2011
BASF has increased the price of styrene-butadiene latex by 6 cts/lb in the U.S. and Canada on April 15 due to rising raw materials costs Kraton Polymers says it will increase the price...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Basic-Chemicals-Price-Watch_34125.html
April 15, 2011
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says it will boost polyethylene terephthalate (PET) capacity in Europe by a total of 220,000 m.t./year. The company operates five PET plants in Europe...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Indorama-to-Boost-Pet-Capacity_34126.html
April 15, 2011
Methanex has begun the restart of its 470,000-m.t./year methanol plant at Medicine Hat, AB, market players say. The unit was idled in 2001 following a spike in natural gas feedstock...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Methanex-Begins-Alberta-Restart_34127.html
April 15, 2011
Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) says it will continue with its previously delayed plans to build a valeraldehyde plant at its Stenungsund, Sweden facility. The company announced in 2007...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Perstorp-Renews-Plasticizer-Unit_34134.html
April 1, 2011
The North American ethylene industry is expected to remain strong through 2015 as ethane cracking continues to have a significant cost advantage over naphtha cracking, giving producers...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/CMAI-Outlook-Strong-for-North-American-Ethylene-Industry_33882.html
April 1, 2011
LyondellBasell says its Bayport Polymers Plant at Pasadena, TX will receive the 2010 Distinguished Safety Award from the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/LyondellBasell-Safety-Award_33883.html
April 1, 2011
Several U.S. caustic soda producers have announced a $60/ton increase on contract material, effective immediately. Market players say they are not surprised given the recent volatility...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Caustic-Soda-Contract-Price-Hike_33884.html
March 25, 2011
A surge in supply from unconventional gas sources will keep North American natural gas prices low relative to crude oil through at least 2015, Bill Sanderson, president and CEO of...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Natural-Gas-Prices-in-North-America-to-Benefit-from-Shale_33753.html
March 25, 2011
The global caustic soda market is expected to tighten as a result of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, players say. Several major facilities located near the affected zone...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Japan-Quake-Triggers-Renewed-Interest-in-Caustic-Soda-Spot-Exports_33754.html
March 25, 2011
SNC-Lavalin says it has been contracted by BHP Billiton (Melbourne) to build a project hub, manage feasibility studies, and perform engineering, procurement, and construction...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/BHP-Taps-SNC-Lavalin-for-Potash-Projects_33755.html
March 18, 2011
Lanxess plans to build a 20,000 m.t./year compounding facility for engineering plastics at Gastonia, NC, part of a €75 million ($105 million) investment program in its...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Lanxess-Plans-First-U-S-Compounding-Plant_33520.html
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