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Fire halts production at Lukoil’s Russian petrochemical complex

Feb 27, 2014

A fire that occurred on Feb. 26 at Lukoil’s 350,000-tonne/year Stavrolen petrochemical complex in Budennovsk, Russia, has been contained, the company said.

Potential chemical investment due to low gas prices tops $100 billion

Feb 20, 2014

Potential US chemical industry investment linked to plentiful and affordable natural gas and natural gas liquids from domestic shale formations has topped $100 billion, the American Chemistry Council announced.

Ineos expands Belgian ENB plant

Feb 17, 2014

Ineos has expanded its ethylidene norbornene (ENB) plant at the Zwigndrecht plant near Antwerp, Belgium, increasing its capacity to 28,000 tonnes/year (tpy) to make it the single largest ENB plant in the world.

Russian firm lets contract for ethylene cracker furnace

Feb 17, 2014

Open Joint Stock Co. (OJSC) Kazanorgsintez has let a services-related contract to Technip for a grassroots furnace to be located at its ethylene plant in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia.

Axiall selects partner for US Gulf Coast ethylene project

Feb 11, 2014

Axiall Corp. and South Korean firm Lotte Chemical have entered a 50-50 joint venture for the design, construction, and operation of a proposed 1 million tonne/year ethane cracker to be built in Louisiana.

India’s MRPL updates refinery expansion project

Feb 10, 2014

Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), a subsidiary of Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd., is nearing completion of a long-delayed expansion project at its 194,000-b/d refinery in Mangalore, India.

Japanese refinery on schedule to close by end-March

Feb 6, 2014

JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., a wholly owned refining and marketing company of JX Holdings Inc. and Japan’s largest refiner, said it is on track to stop crude oil processing altogether at its 180,000-b/d Muroran refinery, on the northern island of Hokkaido.

Axiall updates repair work at Louisiana plant

Feb 6, 2014

Axiall Corp. said repairs are nearing completion at its Lake Charles, La., chemical complex following a Dec. 20, 2013, fire that occurred in the vinyl chloride manufacturing area of the plant.

Dow lets contract for US Gulf Coast petrochemical projects

Feb 5, 2014

Dow Chemical Co. has let a contract to CB&I, Houston, for work related to planned ethylene and propylene expansion projects along the US Gulf Coast.

EPA rule requires new reporting from refiners, chemical processors

Feb 4, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule under existing federal statutory law that establishes new reporting requirements for petroleum and petrochemical processors that use or plan to use five chemical substances identified generically as “complex strontium aluminate, rare earth doped” (CSA-RED).

Guide To World Crudes: Anniversary, extended life prompt Oseberg Blend assay update

Feb 3, 2014

Oseberg is one of the four largest oil and gas fields on the Norwegian Shelf. Current crude oil output averages about 144,000 b/d from the Oseberg field center (OFC), which consists of the connecting Oseberg A, B, and D platforms.

Vung Ro Petroleum lets contract for refinery project

Jan 21, 2014

Vung Ro Petroleum Ltd. (VRP) has let a services-related contract to Ineos for a 900,000-tonne/year polypropylene project at its grassroots refinery complex in Hoa Tam Commune in the Dong Hoa district of Phu Yen Province, Vietnam.

Feedstock menu expands at Nova’s Corunna plant

Jan 16, 2014

Nova Chemicals Corp., Calgary, has started processing its first ethane supplies sourced from Marcellus shale at its Corunna, Ont., refinery and petrochemical complex.

Sasol commissions South African ethylene splitter

Jan 14, 2014

Sasol Ltd. has commissioned a 47,000-tonne/year ethylene purification unit at its polymers plant in Sasolburg, South Africa.

ExxonMobil wraps Singapore plant expansion

Jan 8, 2014

ExxonMobil Corp. has completed and commissioned the multibillion dollar expansion of its chemical complex in Jurgong Island, Singapore.

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