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Inovyn declares force majeure as feedstock supply is disrupted by French strike

May 24, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Production at Total's Feyzin, France, refinery remains disrupted because of continued strike action, and the supply of ethylene from Total's Feyzin steam cracker to nearby downstream petrochemical and polymer plants has been halted. As a result, chlorvinyls...

TonenGeneral adopts GTC technology for new mixed xylenes unit in Japan

May 24, 2016 | Brian Balboa

GTC Technology said on Tuesday that it has supplied its Advanced Distillation technology to TonenGeneral Sekiyu (TonenGeneral) for a new 230,000 m.t./year mixed xylenes recovery unit in Japan. The grassroots unit, located at TonenGeneral’s refinery in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, began operations in late April....

TCEQ close to granting permit to Total's Port Arthur cracker project

May 24, 2016 | Clay Boswell

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has preliminarily approved a greenhouse gas (GHG) prevention of significant deterioration air-quality permit that would allow Total to build its planned $2-billion, 1-million m.t./year ethane cracker at Port Arthur, TX. TCEQ published a notice announcing the news on 23 May....

Huntsman pigments plant in Georgia starts up

May 23, 2016 | Vincent Valk

Huntsman has started operations at its newly-built 30,000 m.t./year iron oxide pigments plant in Augusta, GA. The $172-million facility will be a hub for Huntsman’s pigments and additives business. About 100 new Huntsman employees will work at the...

Pertamina, Aramco award Indonesia refinery upgrade to Amec Foster Wheeler

May 23, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Pertamina (Jakarta) and Saudi Aramco have awarded Amec Foster Wheeler the engineering and project management services contract to study the basic engineering design for the previously announced upgrade of a refinery at Cilacap, Indonesia. Once the upgrade is...

Gas-chemical complex inaugurated in Uzbekistan

May 23, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

The Ustyurt Gas Chemical Complex at Surgil, Uzbekistan, has been inaugurated by South Korea's prime minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn; and his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The Surgil project was launched in 2006 by Uz-Kor a 50-50 joint venture of...

APIC 2016: The world will need 50 new ethylene plants in 2020-30, IHS says

May 20, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz in Singapore

 Global ethylene demand, currently estimated at 140 million m.t./year, is growing at 5.5 million m.t.-6 million m.t./year, equivalent to 5-6 world scale plants. “This means that between 2015 and 2020, 30-31 million m.t./year of ethylene capacity...

Ukraine approves privatization price for fertilizer, methanol company

May 20, 2016 | Ian Young

The government of Ukraine has approved terms and conditions proposed by the country's privatization commission to privatize Odessa Port Plant (OPP; Odessa), a producer of nitrogen fertilizers and methanol. The sale will take the form of a tender process and...

APIC 2016: Shell to restart Singapore cracker in July

May 20, 2016 | Sok Peng Chua

Shell Chemicals' steam cracker at Pulau Bukom, Singapore,  will be restarted in July, the company announced during the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC), currently being held in Singapore. The cracker, with an ethylene capacity of 1 million...

Yara to acquire farm-managment system firm in Eastern Europe

May 20, 2016 | Ian Young

Yara International says it has agreed to acquire MicroAccount's (Varna, Bulgaria) farm-management system business in Bulgaria and Romania. "By combining Yara's extensive crop-nutrition knowledge with a broad portfolio of digital farm-management tools and...

Exclusive: Formosa outlines investment plans

May 19, 2016 | Natasha Alperowicz in Singapore

Formosa Plastics, the largest petrochemicals player in Taiwan and one of the largest globally, has outlined its investment plans, including new cracker plans in Louisiana. Bao-Lang Chen, chairman of Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (FPCC) and member of the...

Dow PDH outage unlikely to affect US propylene

May 19, 2016 | Brian Balboa

Dow Chemical has taken its new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit at Freeport, TX, offline after a compressor trip, but US propylene prices are unlikely to be affected, according to IHS Chemical....

APIC 2016: Propylene glut will stay until 2020, IHS says

May 19, 2016 | David Potter in Singapore

An increased focus on new propylene capacity in Asia has left the market overbuilt; with the situation unlikely to improve before 2020 at the earliest IHS Chemical said at the 2016 Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Singapore on Thursday...

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