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July 8, 2011
Bolstered by strong utilization rates, U.S. caustic soda producers have stepped out with price increase announcements, citing strong demand and tight supply. Dow Chemical says it will...
June 24, 2011
ExxonMobil Chemical’s Baytown, TX facility, the largest integrated petroleum and petrochemical complex in the U.S., stands out among its peers in terms of size and output. The...
June 13, 2011
U.S. olefins production rose sequentially in the first-quarter of 2011 by an average of 5.7%, according to the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA; Washington). The...
June 13, 2011
LyondellBasell has declared force majeure on polyethylene (PE) after a power failure at its Morris, IL plant. The plant has the capacity to produce about 295,000 m.t./year of linear...
June 13, 2011
Braskem’s chlor-alkali unit at its Maceio facility at Alagoas, Brazil has been shut down following a chlorine leak and subsequent pipeline rupture on May 21 and May 23. The...
June 13, 2011
Tightness in the North American butadiene market has driven up contract prices for the month of June to an all-time high. June contracts rose by 9 cts/lb on the low end and by a...
May 31, 2011
Tronox says it increased the price of list and off-list of sodium chlorate by $60/ton globally on May 20, or as contracts allow, due to continued increases in manufacturing costs from...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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