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SAUDI ARABIA

Petro Rabigh plans a 50-day shutdown of all facilities for turnaround
Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. (Petro Rabigh; Rabigh, Saudi Arabia), a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, announced today that its board of directors on Tuesday approved a comprehensive and scheduled plan to carry out maintenance...

Ma'aden resumes production at ammonia plant after maintenance
The Saudi Arabian Mining Co., (Ma’aden) said today that Ma’aden Phosphate Company (MPC), a joint venture owned 70% by Ma’aden and 30% by Sabic, has resumed operations at its ammonia plant on Friday. The plant at Ras Al Khair City was down...

Saudi company receives land allocation from Royal Commission for soda ash project
IDEA Soda Ash and Calcium Chloride Co. (Isacc; Al Khubar, Saudi Arabia) said today that it has received approval from the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu for 1 million square meters of land at Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, for its previously announced project...

USW strike expands to include Motiva refinery
The United Steelworkers (USW; Pittsburgh) expanded its strike on Saturday to include Motiva’s refinery in Port Arthur, TX. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at Motiva’s two Louisiana refineries in Convent and Norco as well as at...

Workers launch strike at ICL plant in Israel
Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL; Tel Aviv) has confirmed that workers at the company's Dead Sea Works (DSW) subsidiary launched a full strike yesterday at DSW's bromine plant at Sodom, Israel. The strike is in solidarity with workers at ICL's bromine compounds...

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KUWAIT

CB&I awarded storage tank contract in Kuwait
CB&I today announced an award of a $60 million contract by JGSK JV, a joint venture between JGC Corp., GS E&C and SK E&C. The project scope includes the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of 39 storage tanks and two spheres for...

Equate reports decline in profit, says 2015 and beyond will be challenging
Equate Petrochemical, (Kuwait City), a joint venture among Petrochemical Industries Co., Dow Chemical, Boubyan Petrochemical Co., and Qurain Petrochemical Industries, today announced a net profit of $1.04 billion for the fiscal year ending 31 December...

Equate completes turnaround and first phase of polyethylene expansion project
Equate Petrochemical, a joint venture among Petrochemical Industries Co. (Kuwait City), Dow Chemical, Boubyan Petrochemical Co., and Qurain Petrochemical Industries, today announced the completion of both the first phase of its previously announced...

GPCA—Plastics capacity in GCC countries to increase 25% by 2020
Plastics production capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will increase 25% by 2020, to 33.8 million m.t./year, says the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA; Dubai). The region's plastics industry currently makes 13...

Kuwait, Bahrain to study aromatics project in Bahrain
Petrochemical Indstries Co. (PIC), a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corp.; and the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA; Manama) have signed a partnership agreement for an aromatics project in Bahrain, according to a report by Kuwait's official news agency...

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U.A.E.

OCI NV details plans to demerge fertilizers from construction operations
OCI N.V. (Amsterdam) announced today that it has formally commenced proceedings to demerge the company’s engineering and construction business from its fertilizer and chemicals operation. The demerger was announced by the board of directors on 6...

Dow and RSA-Talke sign contract for storage of Sadara petchems
Dow and RSA-Talke have signed a contract for the storage of petrochemical products that will be marketed by Dow from Sadara Chemical Co., a joint venture of Dow and Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia. The joint venture for chemical logistics RSA-Talke is...

International Renewable Energy Agency reappoints director general
The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates) has announced the reappointment of Adnan Amin as director general to a second four-year term, to run from April 2015 to April 2019. The reappointment was agreed by the 124 Irena member...

GPCA—Plastics capacity in GCC countries to increase 25% by 2020
Plastics production capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will increase 25% by 2020, to 33.8 million m.t./year, says the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA; Dubai). The region's plastics industry currently makes 13...

India's Nuberg Engineering awarded contract to build calcium chloride plant in Abu Dhabi
Al Ghaith Industries (Abu Dhabi) has awarded Nuberg Engineering (Noida, India) a contract to build a calcium chloride plant in Abu Dhabi, Nuberg says. The plant's intended capacity is 85 m.t./day and is the first calcium chloride project in the...

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IRAN

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...

GPCA: Aramco CEO calls for switch to mixed-feed crackers as gas feedstocks run short
The 9th Gulf Petrochemical & Chemical Association (GPCA; Dubai) Forum kicked off today with record attendance, exceeding 2,000 for the first time. The event, whose theme is: “What’s next for the chemical industry,” is taking place amid...

Chinese investors financing Iranian petchem projects
Chinese investors have begun financing two petrochemical projects under construction in Iran. "The letters of credit for two petrochemical units each with a value of €350-400 million [$435.9-498.2 million] have been opened by Chinese...

Cipla to establish manufacturing unit in Iran
Drugs major Cipla (Mumbai) has signed an agreement with its Iranian distributor to establish a manufacturing facility in Iran. The company has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange that it has signed a definitive agreement to establish the facility. Its...

Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers plans urea project in Iran
Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF; Mumbai) says it is seeking investment opportunities abroad, including a joint venture to set up a fertilizer plant in Iran. "We are looking for an Iranian partner to build an $800-million urea plant in Iran...

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QATAR

Shell's Pearl GTL plant in Qatar in 2-month turnaround
Shell's Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, in Qatar has entered a planned maintenance turnaround in February 2015. Pearl GTL comprises two identical GTL 'trains', with a total capacity of 140,000 bbls/day of GTL products plus 120,000 bbls/day of natural gas...

Qafac opens CO2 recovery unit, hikes methanol output
Industries Qatar, a shareholder in Qatar Fuels Additives (Qafac), has announced the official startup of a 145.5 million Qatari riyals ($40.0 million) carbon dioxide recovery facility. The plant, which commenced operations in the third quarter of 2014, is the...

Qatar outlines planned outages for most petchem and fertilizer plants in first quarter
Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding and Industries Qatar, which hold shares in most of Qatar’s petrochemical and fertilizer companies, have announced their respective planned shutdown timetable for their production facilities in the first quarter of 2015...

Drops in petchem volumes, prices and shutdown at QVC hurt Mesaieed's results
Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding (Doha), a subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum and one of the region’s largest diversified petrochemical conglomerates, today announced its financial results for 2014, with a consolidated net profit of 1.80 billion Qatari rials...

Qafco awards services and equipment contract to GE
Qatar Fertilizer Co. (Qafco; Doha), a major producer of fertilizers, has awarded a six-year services contract to the downstream technology solutions business of GE's oil and gas segment to help optimize the performance of Qafco’s fertilizer complex at...

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OMAN

Orpic completes prequalification of E&C firms for Liwa project
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) said today that it has finalized the prequalification process for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) work packages for the previously announced Liwa plastics complex. The...

Report: Orpic starts 29-day turnaround at Sohar refinery
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic; Muscat) began a planned 29-day maintenance turnaround at the company's Sohar, Oman, refinery late yesterday, according to a report from Reuters quoting the company's CEO. The turnaround is not expected...

AMEC Foster Wheeler awarded oil storage terminal contract in Oman
AMEC Foster Wheeler (AFW) has been awarded a contract by the Oman Tank Terminal Co. for the front-end engineering design of the Ras Markaz crude oil park project in Oman. Located 70 kilometers south of the Port of Duqm on the Wusta coast, the Ras Markaz...

Reports: Oman mulling partial privatization of Orpic
The Oman government is considering reviving plans to partially privatize Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (Orpic; Muscat), reports say. Reviving the privatization is a response to weak crude oil prices, according to reports that quote Oman oil...

GPCA—Plastics capacity in GCC countries to increase 25% by 2020
Plastics production capacity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will increase 25% by 2020, to 33.8 million m.t./year, says the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA; Dubai). The region's plastics industry currently makes 13...

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