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May 31, 2011
Formosa Plasitcs declared a system-wide force majeure on May 19 due to a fire at its Mailiao, Taiwan complex, sources say. Caustic soda, chlorine and vinyl chloride monomer products...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Formosa-declares-force-majeure_35072.html
May 31, 2011
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) began the restart process for its 676,000-m.t./year ethylene unit at Sweeny, TX in mid-May. The unit was taken offline in late March for routine...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/CPChem-Restarts-Ethylene-Unit_35071.html
May 31, 2011
Sasol says it has selected S&B Engineers and Constructors (Houston) as its engineering, procurement, and construction management contractor to construct its recently announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Sasol-Selects-Contractor_35070.html
May 31, 2011
U.S. chlor-alkali operating rates in April fell 3-percentage points from March levels, to 89%, according to the Chlorine Institute (Arlington, VA). Total chlorine production decreased...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/U-S-Chlor-Alkali-Producers-Report-Lower-Rates-for-April_35069.html
May 31, 2011
Orascom Construction Industries (OCI; Cairo), which operates nitrogen fertilizer plants in Egypt, Algeria, and the Netherlands, has acquired a majority stake in an integrated...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/OCI-Enters-U-S-Ammonia-Methanol-Market_35068.html
May 16, 2011
YPF, Argentina’s largest energy company, says it has discovered a large shale deposit at its Loma La Lata field, estimated to hold 257 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Argentina-Boosts-Shale_34784.html
May 16, 2011
Indorama Ventures (Bangkok) says it has begun to restart its 432,000-m.t./year AlphaPet polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant at Decatur, AL following a power outage on April 28. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Alphapet-Plant-Begins-Restart_34783.html
May 16, 2011
Enterprise Products Partners says it will expand polymer-grade propylene (PGP) fractionation facility at Mont Belvieu, TX by the first quarter of 2013. The expansion will add about...
http://www.chemweek.com/sections/basic_chemicals_plastics/Enterprise-to-Boost-Propylene-Fractionation-Capacity_34782.html
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
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