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August 6, 2010
Royal Dutch Shell says it will go ahead with previously announced plans to close its 130,000-bpd refinery at Montreal East and convert the site to a fuel terminal that will receive...
July 23, 2010
North American spot ethylene prices hit a nine-month low in July, and are down more than 60% from second-quarter highs. Spot ethylene, which peaked at about 72 cts-74 cts/lb in April...
July 23, 2010
U.S. propylene contracts for July have rolled over, disappointing producers who had hoped to capitalize on recent price increases for spot propylene. Increases were influenced by both...
July 23, 2010
Cristal Global (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) says it has partially lifted its declaration of force majeure on most titanium dioxide (TiO2) products manufactured at its Stallingborough, UK...
July 23, 2010
Solvay Chemicals says it will increase off-list prices for all commodity grades of hydrogen peroxide by 4 cts/lb in the U.S. or $93/m.t. (100% basis) in Canada. The increase takes...
July 9, 2010
Eastman Chemical says it has plans to restart one of its shuttered olefins units at Longview, TX next year. Eastman has four ethylene units at its Longview complex, with ethylene...
July 9, 2010
Oxea (Oberhausen, Germany) says it will sell its 120,000-m.t./year low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Oberhausen to Polimeri Europa (Milan). The companies have a long-standing...
July 9, 2010
Invista says it has filed suit against butanediol (BDO) licensor Frontech (Houston) for misappropriation of trade secrets, theft, false advertising and unfair competition involving...
July 9, 2010
Tronox and Exxaro Resources (Pretoria, South Africa) say they have expanded titanium dioxide (TiO2) capacity at their Tiwest joint venture plant at Kwinana, Australia. Capacity at the...
July 9, 2010
LyondellBasell says it restarted a crude distillation unit at 268,000-bbl/day Houston refinery on July 1. The unit is one of two heavy crude distillation units that were shuttered...
July 9, 2010
Celanese has increased the price of acetic acid, acetic anhydride, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), ethyl acetate and butyl acetate on July 1, or as contracts allow, in Europe. Ethyl...
July 9, 2010
July butadiene contracts in the U.S. have settled at a gain of 2 cts/lb, to 94 cts/lb, market players say. The settlement represents a 49% increase over February levels, and is the...
June 25, 2010
PetroLogistics says its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant at Houston is on schedule for a third-quarter startup. The plant will convert propane into propylene and will be the largest...
June 25, 2010
Canexus (Calgary) has completed a $206-million conversion and expansion project at its North Vancouver, BC chlor-alkali facility. The company replaced the site’s diaphragm process...
June 25, 2010
Braskem says it expects to start production of “green” ethylene at its Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil complex in the third-quarter, one quarter earlier than...
June 25, 2010
North American nylon production is expected fall by about 3.5%/year, to about 500,000 m.t. by 2020, says Tecnon Orbichem (London). “The change reflects the fact that more than...
June 25, 2010
Celanese says it will increase the price of all acrylic and styrene-acrylic emulsions in Europe by €150/m.t. on July 1, or as contracts allow Kraton Polymers will increase the...
June 25, 2010
Demand for specialty chemicals used to drill, complete, and stimulate oil and gas wells, as well as to treat the produced hydrocarbons and water, is strong and will continue to grow...
June 11, 2010
Analysts expect overcapacity in the global the ethylene glycol (EG) market in the next few years as world-scale petrochemical plants in the Mideast begin to come onstream, flooding the...
June 11, 2010
An unplanned maintenance outage at Methanex’s Atlas methanol facility in Point Lisas, Trinidad in early May is expected to cut full-year earnings by about 9%, analysts say. The plant...
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