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Safco delays starting up new urea plant

8:34 AM MDT | March 27, 2015 | Natasha Alperowicz

Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Co. (Safco), a Sabic subsidiary, says that completing mechanical and construction work on its urea plant at Al Jubail has been delayed. Trial runs at the 1.1-million m.t./year urea facility have been delayed by three months, to...


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Sipchem to halt production of acetic acid for plant turnaround

Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem) says it intends to stop production at its Al Jubail acetic acid plant to carry out regular maintenance. The facility will stop production on 1 April for 26 days, during which the company will work to improve...

Saudi firm awards $35-million contract to Nuberg for specialty chemical plant

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NPE2015: Styrolution anticipates demand for styrenic resins to remain strong

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ICL to acquire remaining shares in Allana Potash

Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Allana Potash (Toronto), a potash mining company whose shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, to acquire all the common shares of Allana. ICL currently...

Teva appoints new head of business development, strategy, and innovation

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Jerusalem) has announced the appointment of Timothy Wright to the company’s executive leadership team, heading business development, strategy, and innovation, effective 13 April. Wright will be responsible for identifying...

OCP reports increase in sales and profits, seeking larger market share

OCP (Casablanca), the world’s largest phosphate producer and a leading global fertilizer player, today reported results covering fourth-quarter and full-year 2014. The company's fourth-quarter sales increased 21%, to $1.2 billion, with Ebitda rising...

Sahara to carry out turnaround at Al Waha; Samapco plans chlor-alkali, EDC maintenance

Sahara Petrochemicals Co. said today that it will carry out scheduled maintenance at its Al Waha propylene and polypropylene (PP) facility at Al Jubail. The turnaround will begin on 1 April and last 30 days. The financial impact will depend on the expected...

Sika opens mortar and concrete admixture plants in Dubai and on Réunion Island

Sika said today that it has opened a new mortar manufacturing facility in Dubai and a concrete admixture plant on Réunion Island, a French overseas region. Paul Schuler, Sika manager/Europe Mideast, and Africa (EMEA), says, “The new facilities...

Kuwait forecasts lower petchem revenues, studies for new projects to be completed end of year

Kuwait is anticipating its petrochemical revenues to drop 20% this year because of the slump in prices, but the country will not slow its investment projects, according to Asaad Al Saad, CEO of Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Co. (PIC). PIC is a partner...

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