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February 11, 2011
The soda ash market is expected to be healthy this year as global export demand increases, industry players say. “As we begin 2011, global soda ash demand is recovering at a solid...
February 11, 2011
PotashCorp of Saskatchewan says it plans to invest about $158 million to restart its idled 474,000-m.t./year anhydrous ammonia plant at Geismar, LA. The plant was idled in 2003 due to...
February 11, 2011
Dow Chemical says it began a restart at its St. Charles, LA cracker after a power outage forced it offline in early January. The cracker has the capacity to produce about 1.3 billion...
February 11, 2011
Hunstman Chemical’s complex at Port Neches, TX went offline during the first week of February due to a power failure, market sources say. The cracker has the capacity to produce...
February 11, 2011
LyondellBasell says it will shut one of two olefins units at its Channelview, TX petrochemical complex in the second quarter for planned maintenance. The complex has a combined...
January 28, 2011
ExxonMobil Chemical officials say momentum from a strong 2010 should carry through 2011. “The outlook for 2011-2012 is positive and we expect solid growth,” says ExxonMobil...
January 21, 2011
Celanese has signed letters of intent to construct and operate industrial ethanol production facilities at Nanjing, China, and at Zhuhai, China. Celanese announced last November that...
January 21, 2011
North American propylene contracts have reached a sharply higher multi-tiered settlement for the month of January. Polymer-grade propylene (PGP) settled at an increase of 17 cts/lb, to...
January 21, 2011
PPG Industries says it will sell land at its Natrium, WV site to natural gas producer Dominion Transmission (Richmond, VA) for Dominion’s construction of a natural gas processing...
January 21, 2011
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says it will increase the off-list prices of certain oxo-alcohols on February 1, or as contracts allow. In North America, butanol, butyl acetate, and...
December 16, 2010
Mideast demand for benzene is expected to grow 3.7%/year through 2015, to about 3.2 million m.t., fueled by rising production of ethylbenzene and cumene, CMAI says. Capacity is...
December 16, 2010
U.S. ethylene contracts are expected to settle in a two-month deal for November and December, market players say. November contracts are expected to increase by 7 cts-8 cts/lb on...
December 16, 2010
Keyuan Petrochemicals (Ningbo, China) says it will spend about $3.8 million to expand petrochemical capacity by about 30%, to 720,000 m.t./year, at its Nigbo facility. The company...
December 16, 2010
Sasol Polymers agreed to a R11.6 million settlement ($16.4 million) with the South African Competition Commission in relation to its existing propylene supply agreement with plastics...
December 10, 2010
North American olefins prices are tracking upward in December, fueled by renewed demand among buyers and tightening supplies. Polymer-grade propylene (PGP) ticked higher by about 3...
December 10, 2010
BASF says it increased the price of butanediol (BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF) by 120/m.t. on November 30, or as contracts allow Albemarle says it will increase prices globally for all...
December 10, 2010
Dow Chemical says it has increased monopropylene glycol capacity at Stade, Germany by 35,000 m.t./year, or about 15%. The expansion was completed in August during planned maintenance...
December 10, 2010
U.S. natural soda ash production fell 10% in September, to 828,000 m.t., compared with August, says the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS; Washington). The decline compares with an average...
November 19, 2010
Solvay Chemicals says it will complete its exit from the American Natural Soda Ash Corp. (ANSAC) by year end. The company in January 2009 announced its intention to leave ANSAC, an...
November 19, 2010
The North American chlor-alkali market is expected to grow about 2%-3%/year through 2012, to about 11.5 million m.t., in part due to slower recovery in end-user markets, says a recent...
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