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U.S.

Tesoro to produce xylene on US West Coast for export to Asia
Tesoro (San Antonio) says it plans to produce petrochemical feedstock in its US west coast refining system. The company intends to gather intermediate feedstock, primarily reformate, from its West Coast refining system for xylene extraction at Anacortes, WA...

ZeoGas to use ExxonMobil methanol-to-gasoline technology in US Gulf Coast project
ZeoGas (Houston), a developer of natural gas-to-gasoline projects, has entered into a license agreement to use ExxonMobil's research and engineering subsidiary’s methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology in the development of a natural gas–to-gasoline...

CB&I and Clariant to commission PP catalyst plant at Louisville next year
CB&I and Clariant announced today that their previously announced Ziegler-Natta (ZN) polypropylene (PP) catalyst production plant in Louisville, KY is on schedule to begin production in 2015. The plant is part of a long-term strategic partnership between...

PolyOne earnings rise, beat estimates, on improving margins
PolyOne today reported net income from continuing operations of $30.9 million, or 33 cts/share, down 24.9% year-on-year (YOY), on net sales down 2.9%, to $1.01 billion. Adjusted earnings, however, rose 37.8% YOY, to 51 cts/share, slightly ahead of...

Air Liquide to provide ASU to planned OCI methanol plant
Air Liquide announced today that it has signed an agreement with Natgasoline (Beaumont, TX), a wholly owned subsidiary of OCI (Sittard, Netherlands), to supply oxygen for Natgsoline’s methanol plant at Beaumont. Air Liquide will invest around €90...

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CANADA

Maverick Synfuels and Petrostar form JV for small methane-to-methanol plants in Canada
Maverick Synfuels (Research Triangle Park, NC), a leader in alternative chemicals and fuels production technology; and Petrostar Petroleum (Nanton, AL), an oil and gas exploration company, have formed the Maverick Northstar joint venture to facilitate...

Vinmar signs biobased succinic acid offtake deal with BioAmber
Renewable chemicals firm BioAmber (Minneapolis) today announced that it has signed a 210,000-m.t./year take-or-pay contract for biobased succinic acid with Vinmar International.  Under the terms of the 15-year master off-take agreement, Vinmar has...

BioAmber receives $6.6-million grant for Sarnia plant
Biobased succinic acid firm BioAmber Inc. (Minneapolis) says that its Canadian subsidiary BioAmber Sarnia Inc., a joint venture with Mitsui & Co., has secured a CDN $7 million ($6.6 million) grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada...

Praxair increases gas prices
Praxair announced today that it is increasing gas prices in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, effective 15 July. Prices will increase up to 15% for nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, helium, and carbon dioxide; up to 10% for facility fees or monthly bulk...

PotashCorp recalls more workers
PotashCorp says it has begun the recall process at the company's Lanigan, SK, potash mine to reinstate 47 permanent employees. "The recall reflects ongoing tightness in the granular potash market," the company says. PotashCorp announced in mid-June...

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MEXICO

Alpek cuts 2014 Ebitda guidance by $70 million
Alpek (San Pedro Garza García, Mexico), a subsidiary of Grupo Alfa (Monterrey, Mexico), has revised down its Ebitda guidance for 2014 from $570 million to $500 million, the company announced today. The company had issued the initial guidance in...

Alpek to acquire large part of BASF's EPS business, BASF to buy Polioles's PU operations (Update)
BASF today provided more information on its asset swap deal with Alpek, which was announced on Thursday. Alpek and BASF have signed agreements covering the expandable polystyrene (EPS) and polyurethane (PU) business activities of their Polioles joint venture...

Pemex awards contract for gas pipeline to Odebrecht-led consortium
Pemex Gas y Petroquímica Básica (PGPB; Mexico City), a Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City) subsidiary, has, through its Tag Pipelines Norte affiliate, awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract for phase two...

PPG Industries to acquire Mexico's Comex for $2.3 billion
PPG Industries has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Consorcio Comex (Mexico City), a leading Mexican producer of architectural and industrial coatings, for $2.3 billion. The deal follows two months after Sherwin-Williams (SW) cancelled plans to...

Mexican Petroleum Institute completes basic engineering study for Pemex EO expansion
The Mexican Petroleum Institute (IMP; Mexico City), has completed a basic engineering study requested by the petrochemicals subsidiary of Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex; Mexico City) for the second phase of expansion at the Morelos petrochemical...

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