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Sasol advances US ethylene projects

Mar 10, 2014

Sasol Ltd. said it has commissioned the world’s first commercial ethylene tetramerization unit at its Lake Charles, La., chemical complex.

Maintenance planned for Jamnagar refinery

Mar 10, 2014

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Mumbai, plans to shut down one of four crude distillation units for maintenance at its 1.24 million-b/d Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, India.

Japanese firms consolidate ethylene operations

Mar 7, 2014

Asahi Kasei Corp. and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. reached an agreement to unify and jointly operate their naphtha cracking operations in Mizushima, Japan.

2013 ethylene output rises; growth to continue in early 2014

Mar 3, 2014

US ethylene producers will complete four incremental expansions and continue to increase ethane-based production capacity in 2014. These projects will increase capacity by 2.8 billion lb/year.

EPA settlement could impact refineries, petrochemical plants

Feb 27, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by community groups in Texas and Louisiana forcing it to review, and if necessary, revise formulas that refineries and chemical plants use to report toxic emission levels.

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).

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