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PetrochemicalsBrazil's Rio Polimeros SAlet contract to ABB Lummus Global, Bloomfield, NJ, and Italy's Snamprogetti SPA for construction of a grassroots olefins complex at Duque de Caixas, Rio de Janeiro. The complex, expected to cost $650 million, will consist of a 500,000 tonne/year ethylene unit and a 540,000 tonne/year polyethylene unit. The plant is expected to reach commercial operation at the end of 2003. ABB is to provide the ethylene plant; Snam will supply the polyethylene unit.Oriental Union Chemical Corp.plans to build a 40,000 tonne/year ethyl carbonate (EC) plant in Taiwan incorporating technology transferred from Toagosei Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. and Asahi Chemical...

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