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2012 ethylene production bounces back; turnarounds in early 2013 to curb output

Mar 4, 2013

With parts of European still struggling with sovereign debt problems and key members of the European Union reconsidering the benefits and disadvantages of further economic and political integration, the global economic outlook for US petrochemical producers in 2013 is a little brighter than 6 months ago (OGJ, Sept. 3, 2012, p. 90), due to continued growth in the use of ethane as the primary ethylene feedstock.

Study: Catalyst demand to reach $19.5 billion in 2016

Feb 19, 2013

Global demand for petroleum refining, chemical synthesis, and polymerization catalysts will rise 5.8%/year to $19.5 billion in 2016, according to World Catalysts, a new study from the Freedonia Group Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: Morvin field production prompts update to Aasgard Blend assay

Feb 4, 2013

Statoil late last year published an update to its 2010 assay of Aasgard Blend (OGJ, Apr. 4, 2011, p. 94). To the existing blend from Smorbukk, Smorbukk South, Midgard, Mikkel, Kristin, and Yttergryta fields, the update added production analysis for Morvin field.

Fitch: Unconventional gas production likely spur to US manufacturing

Jan 21, 2013

The ongoing shale boom and increasing use of hydraulic fracturing has comparative advantages that could drive US manufacturing growth, said Fitch Ratings analysts who believe low natural gas prices provide a competitive advantage for petrochemicals, steel, and other energy-intensive industries.

Dow restarts Taft 2 ethylene plant on schedule

Jan 14, 2013

Dow Chemical Co. said it restarted its Taft 2 ethylene plant near Hahnville, La., late last year, meeting its anticipated schedule as the company works to boost feedstocks from increasing US shale gas supplies.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: BP issues NWS condensate assay

Jan 7, 2013

Early last year, BP—whose subsidiary BP Developments Australia Pty. Ltd. holds an interest in the North West Shelf (NWS) venture off Australia—released a crude oil assay of the condensate produced in the massive project.

ExxonMobil starts up ethylene steam cracker in Singapore

Dec 28, 2012

ExxonMobil Corp. reported the startup operations of one of the world’s largest ethylene steam crackers, which is the centerpiece of the company’s multibillion dollar expansion project at its Singapore petrochemical complex.

IHS: Refinery, petchem construction costs flat in second half

Dec 27, 2012

Costs for designing and building refining and petrochemical plants were essentially unchanged from this year’s first quarter to its third quarter, according to the latest edition of the IHS Downstream Capital Costs Index.

CNPC starts up ethylene unit at Daqing

Oct 11, 2012

China National Petroleum Corp. has started up a 600,000-tonne/year ethylene unit that doubles capacity of Daqing Petrochemical with the country’s first ethylene plant based on domestically developed technology.

JV to design, build petchem plant in Mexico

Oct 5, 2012

ICA Fluor, an industrial engineering partnership of Irving, Tex.-based Fluor Corp. and Empresas ICA, is part of a joint venture that has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract by Braskem Idesa SAPI.

Jiutai to use KBR olefins recovery process

Oct 4, 2012

Jiutai Energy Group, Beijing, has let a license and process design package contract to KBR for recovery of olefins from methanol produced from coal at its plant at Ordos, Inner Mongolia.

Westlake to change feed to Kentucky ethylene cracker

Oct 2, 2012

Westlake Chemical Corp., Houston, will convert the feed to its Calvert City, Ky., ethylene plant to ethane from propane and increase ethylene production capacity to 630 million lb/year (about 286,000 tonnes/year) from 450 million lb/year.

Saudi petrochemical complex starts up

Oct 2, 2012

Saudi Polymers Co. has begun commercial production at its petrochemical complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

RVP blending values listed for light HCs

Oct 1, 2012

Reid vapor pressure (rvp) blending values of non-aromatic hydrocarbons increase with the aromatic content of the gasoline, an aromatic effect.

Lukoil unit resumes olefins production

Sep 25, 2012

Stavrolen, a subsidiary of Lukoil, has resumed full production of ethylene and propylene at its complex in the Stavropol region of Russia after completing repairs to the ethylene unit, which was damaged by fire in mid-December 2011.

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