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Chemical Industry Weekly News Round Up

7:15 AM MDT | May 7, 2010 | Alex Scott

Much of the focus this past week has been on chemical industry activity in the Middle East, not least with the start-up of the world’s largest ethane cracker at Ras Laffan, Qatar. The cracker has capacity to produce 1.3 million m.t./year of ethylene-which is due to be used in the manufacture of high-density polyethylene and alpha olefins and it cost about $1.2 billion to build. Qatar Petroleum, Chevron Phillips Chemical, and Total are the shareholders. Another world record is set to be broken in Qatar with Air Liquide disclosing this week that it has been...

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