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Oil and gas majors call for carbon pricing

7:05 AM MDT | June 1, 2015 | Michael Ravenscroft

Six major oil and gas companies have called on governments and on the United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) to introduce pricing systems for carbon, where they do not yet exist at national level, and to “create clear, stable...


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Ukraine firm halts production at two more fertilizer plants, citing political pressure

Ostchem, a Group DF (Kyiv) subsidiary, has halted production at its nitrogen fertilizer plants Cherkasy Azot in Cherkaska Oblast, Ukraine; and Rivne Azot in Rivnenska Oblast, Ukraine, Group DF says. The Cherkasy plant has the capacity to produce 1.2...

Bayer MaterialScience to commission polyols plant using carbon dioxide feedstock next year

Bayer MaterialScience says it is advancing with plans to use carbon dioxide (CO2) as feedstock in the production of polyols, the precursors used in the manufacture of polyurethanes. The company says it has already installed a chemical reactor, weighing some...

Reports: Brazil court blocks Petrobras gas pipeline project

TCU (Brasilia), Brazil's court of audit,  has blocked Petrobras's tender for the concession of the country's first gas pipeline, in a vote carried out on 27 May, according to local media reports. The cost of constructing an 11.4-kilometer mesh to support...

No major impact to US Gulf Coast petchem production from heavy flooding

US Gulf Coast refinery and petrochemical production has not seen any major impact from widespread flooding across Texas and Oklahoma, according to market participants on Tuesday. The flooding, brought on by heavy rain in Texas and Oklahoma, has killed at...

Taiyo Oil starts up aromatics production using latest UOP technology

UOP, a Honeywell subsidiary, has announced today that Taiyo Oil (Tokyo) has begun producing petrochemicals with UOP's Tatoray process technology, which provides greater flexibility to produce gasoline or petrochemicals as demand changes. UOP has worked with...

ACC: US chemical production flat in April

US chemical production was flat in April, according to the ACC’s US Chemical Regional Production Index (CPRI). The index, a three-month moving average, was also flat in March after registering a 0.2% gain in February....

Global Bioenergies and Cristal Union form biobased isobutene jv in France

Global Bioenergies (Evry, France) and Cristal Union (Paris) have formed IBN-One, a joint venture to build and operate the first plant in France converting renewable resources into isobutene. Global Bioenergies has granted IBN-One a non-exclusive license to...

Methes Energies to offer epoxidized soybean oil and natural polyol from Canadian facility

Methes Energies (Las Vegas, NV), will start offering epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) and natural polyol, from its Sombra, ON facility. Both of these biobased products help address growing global demand for the replacement of non-sustainable products, such as...

Finnish researchers develop method to manufacture BTX chemicals by gasifying lignocellulosic biomass

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Espoo, Finland) has developed a method of manufacturing benzene, toluene, xylene (BTX) chemicals by combining the gasification of lignocellulosic biomass, the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and aromatization. Over 85% of...

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