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Linde completes major construction on La Porte ASU

3:29 AM MDT | August 28, 2014 | Lindsay Frost

Linde says it has completed installation of three coldboxes—the centerpiece of the air separation unit (ASU) currently under construction at La Porte, TX. The ASU is part of an over $250 million investment to build an ASU, gasification train and...


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Amerigen Pharmaceuticals, Ningbo Menovo sign generics deal; Menovo to manufacture APIs

Amerigen Pharmaceuticals (Lyndhurst, NJ) and Ningbo Menovo Pharmaceutical (Ningbo, China) have entered into a collaboration agreement for the development of generic pharmaceuticals, primarily targeting the US market. Amerigen and Menovo, under the terms of...

DuPont fined for violations at West Virginia plant

EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that DuPont has been fined $1.275 million for allegedly failing to prevent the release of harmful levels of hazardous materials from its Belle, WV site on 8 occasions between May 2006 and January 2010...

LyondellBasell plans world-scale PO-TBA plant for US Gulf Coast

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Helm to distribute titanium dioxide from Argex's planned facility in Quebec

The US subsidiary of Helm (Hamburg) will market and distribute in the United States and Canada half of the titanium dioxide produced at Argex Titanium’s planned 50,000-m.t./year production facility to be located at Salaberry-de-Valleyfied, PQ, the companies said on 26 August....

SQM's second-quarter net profit drops almost 35%

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM; Santiago) reports a net profit of $71.1 million for the second quarter, down almost 35% year-on-year (YOY). Pretax profit also fell, to $100.9 million from $143 million in the year-ago quarter, and revenue...

Agrium acquires agricultural biotech firm Agricen

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DSM invests $30 million to expand nutritional products facility in Canada

DSM's nutritional products business says that it will invest at least $30 million to upgrade and expand its omega-3 production facility at Mulgrave, NS. This figure will build on its earlier investments in the nutritional lipids category through the...

Lower gas supply to reduce production at Methanex plants in Trinidad

Methanex says that it anticipates gas curtailments in Trinidad in the second half of 2014 to be higher than those experienced in the first half. The National Gas Company (NGC; Couva, Trinidad and Tobago) has advised Methanex that it should expect higher...

EPA issues draft permit for OCI's world-scale methanol project in Texas

The construction of OCI's (Geleen, Netherlands) planned world-scale methanol plant at Beaumont, TX, has moved a step closer. On 25 August, EPA announced a proposed Greenhouse Gas Prevention of Significant Deterioration (GHG PSD) permit for the project and issued a request for public comment through 24 September....

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