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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.

Flint Hills settles Port Arthur pollution case

Mar 20, 2014

Flint Hills Resources (FHR) has reached a settlement with the US federal government to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment at the company’s 635,000-tonne/year (tpy) chemical plant in Port Arthur, Tex.

WoodMac: Global ethylene demand, production on the rise

Mar 20, 2014

Ethylene-producing assets that have access to low-cost natural gas feedstocks, such as the ones in North America, will lead the competition in global ethylene markets, Wood Mackenzie researchers said, adding that ethylene producers will have to utilize different strategies depending on their location in order to stay competitive.

Earthquake shutters Japanese refinery

Mar 14, 2014

An early-morning earthquake off the island of Kyushu, Japan, on Mar. 14 has resulted in an emergency shutdown of Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd.’s Tokuyama refinery and petrochemical complex.

Fire hits Israeli petrochemical plant

Mar 11, 2014

Gadiv Petrochemicals Industries Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oil Refineries Ltd. (Bazan), currently is evaluating impacts from a fire that broke out on Mar. 7 in one of the xylene furnaces at the plant, which lies in Bazan’s 180,000-b/d refining complex in the Haifa Bay area of northern Israel along the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

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.

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