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LyondellBasell ethylene expansion projects advance

May 2, 2014

LyondellBasell has secured a key permit required to proceed with its $1.3 billion ethylene expansion program at its plants in Channelview, La Porte, and Corpus Christi, Tex., all of which are benefitting from rising North American shale gas production.

New ethylene plant proposed for Louisiana

Apr 16, 2014

Shintech Inc., the US subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd., Tokyo, has applied to the Louisiana Department of Environment Quality (LDEQ) for a permit to build a grassroots ethylene plant.

Operations resume at Louisiana complex

Apr 15, 2014

Axiall Corp. has repaired the damage caused by a December 2013 fire at its vinyl chloride monomer manufacturing plant at the company’s chemicals complex in Lake Charles, La.

Contract let for Chinese isobutane unit

Apr 15, 2014

Shandong Chengtai Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. has let a contract to CB&I for the license and engineering design of a grassroots isobutane dehydrogenation unit to be built in Changyi, Shandong Province, China.

Contract let for Vietnamese refinery

Apr 14, 2014

Nghi Son Refinery & Petrochemical LLC, through a contractor, has let a contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler for the design and supply of a carbon monoxide incinerator package for a residue fluidized catalytic cracker at its 200,000-b/d refinery and petrochemical complex in Thanh Hoa Province in Vietnam.

Mathanex methanol plant completes move to Louisiana

Apr 14, 2014

Heavy-lift contractor Mammoet has completed the heavy lifting, transportation, and reassembly preparation of a Methanex Corp. methanol plant, relocating it 5,450 miles from southern Chile to a 225-acre site in Geismar, La..

Chevron launches Texas Gulf Coast petrochemicals project

Apr 8, 2014

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP has broken ground on its US Gulf Coast petrochemicals project at the company’s existing Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Tex.

Contracts inked for Egyptian petrochemical complex

Apr 7, 2014

Carbon Holdings Ltd. (CHL) of Egypt has let contracts for engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) activities related to the development of its Tahrir petrochemical complex planned at Ain Sokhna, Egypt.

AFPM: Petrochemical industry needs skilled workers

Apr 2, 2014

The current boom in shale resource development has sparked an urgent need in the petrochemical industry for technically skilled workers to build, operate, and maintain about $100 billion of announced chemical projects, according to Peter L. Cella, president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP.

ORPIC lets contract for ethylene plant

Mar 31, 2014

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (ORPIC) has let a contract to CB&I to provide ethylene technology and front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for its proposed Liwa Plastics Project (LPP) at the Sohar Industrial Port Area in Oman.

Ethane supply secured for proposed W.Va. ethylene cracker

Mar 28, 2014

Brazil-based Odebrecht SA subsidiary Odebrecht Oil & Gas SA has let a contract to Antero Resources Inc. to become the anchor ethane supplier for the joint-venture’s proposed Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise (Ascent) petrochemical complex in Wood County, W.Va.

Ineos lets contract for Grangemouth ethane terminal

Mar 28, 2014

Ineos Europe AG, Switzerland, said it has reached the latest milestones in its $500 million survival plan to import US shale gas to its 210,000-b/d Grangemouth, Scotland, refinery and petrochemical complex.

Petronas progresses on RAPID project

Mar 27, 2014

BMT Asia-Pacific Pte. Ltd. (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., has completed a concept design for the material offloading facility (MOLF) at state-run Petronas’ proposed refinery and petrochemical integrated development (RAPID) complex at Pengerang in southeast Johor, Malaysia.

Idemitsu Kosan restarts ethylene unit, permanently idles crude unit

Mar 26, 2014

Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. has restarted operations at its Tokuyama petrochemical complex in Japan after an earthquake off the island of Kyushu resulted in the shutdown of all units at the facility on Mar. 14.

BASF-Total venture starts up 10th furnace at Port Arthur steam cracker

Mar 24, 2014

BASF Total Petrochemicals LCC (BTP) reported the startup of a 10th furnace at its steam cracker facility in Port Arthur, Tex.

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