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Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi passes away at 58

1:27 PM MST | March 4, 2015 | Rebecca Coons

Ghisolfi was at the helm when Beta Renewables brought the first commercial-scale second-generation ethanol plant online at Crescentino, Italy....


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Allana Potash seeking to link with Yara in Ethiopian potash project

Allana Potash (Toronto) is seeking to link with Yara International and other companies in its previously announced potash fertilizer project in Ethiopia. Both Allana and Yara are developing projects within adjacent Danakhil potash deposits. Allana’s CEO...

BASF expands capacity for specialty amines at Ludwigshafen

BASF says that it is significantly expanding its production capacity for about 20 specialty amines at the company’s site at Ludwigshafen. The company will invest a double-digit million euro amount in expanding existing production facilities, and the...

BioAmber begins commissioning biobased succinic acid plant at Sarnia

Industrial biotechnology firm BioAmber today announced that it has initiated commissioning activities for its 30,000 m.t./year biobased succinic acid plant at Sarnia, Ontario.. Commissioning and start-up is expected to take approximately five months, with the...

Wood Group awarded process-controls contract for ExxonMobil ethylene, PE project

Wood Group (Houston) says it is providing detailed engineering, procurement, and fabrication services for the process control systems required by ExxonMobil Chemical’s multibillion-dollar expansion project at ExxonMobil's Baytown and Mont Belvieu plants near Houston....

AkzoNobel builds alkoxylation facility at Ningbo

AkzoNobel says that it has recently broken ground on a new alkoxylation facility at Ningbo, China, bringing the company’s total investment in the Ningbo multi-site to more than €400 million ($448 million). AkzoNobel first announced its intention to...

Iran builds mega methanol plant at Bandar Dayyer

Iran is making good progress with construction of what it says will be the world’s largest methanol plant. Mohammad Hassan Peyvandi, deputy head of the National Petrochemical Co. (Tehran) told Press TV that the Kaveh methanol plant in the Persian Gulf...

Axiall, Lotte delay decision on Louisiana cracker project

Axiall reiterated on 25 February its recent decision to delay construction of an ethane cracker in Louisiana until after the first quarter because of uncertainty in energy markets. On a conference call with financial analysts on 19 February, Axiall president...

Peru's government reaffirms commitment to developing petchems hub

Peru’s ministry of energy and mining has reaffirmed the commitment of the government to develop a petrochemical complex in the southern part of the country, the ministry announced today. A  technical study by IHS–available to interested...

Air Liquide to build world's largest ASU in South Africa to supply Sasol

Air Liquide and Sasol have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of large quantities of industrial gases to Sasol’s Secunda, South Africa, site about 140 kilometers east of Johannesburg. Air Liquide will invest about €200 million ($227...

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