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Pertamina, PTT sign polymer-marketing deal

Jun 7, 2013

PT Pertamina (Persoro) of Indonesia has signed a polymer-purchase agreement with a unit of PTT Global Chemical of Thailand in anticipation of the joint development of a petrochemical plant in Indonesia.

PROCESS SAFETY—2 (Conclusion): Examples illustrate ISD concepts, common issues

Jun 3, 2013

The first article in this two-part series (OGJ, May 6, 2013, p. 94) presented four process safety examples of possible inadequate overpressure protection design in amine natural gas sweetening, glycol dehydration, and molecular sieve dehydration.

New Singapore cracker producing ethylene

May 30, 2013

ExxonMobil Corp. has started producing ethylene from the second steam cracker at its Singapore chemical complex (OGJ Online, Dec. 28, 2012).

ACC details US chemical rebound from abundant, affordable gas

May 20, 2013

Abundant, affordable US natural gas supplies resulted in 97 announced chemical and plastics projects totaling $71.7 billion in potential new investment, the American Chemical Council said in a recent report.

PROCESS SAFETY—1: Gas conditioning failures show need for design scrutiny

May 6, 2013

Review of certain oil and gas operations offers lessons on process safety to designers of gas conditioning.

Yasref awards Yanbu refinery, petchem contract

Apr 11, 2013

Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Co. Ltd. (Yasref) has awarded a 2-year engineering services to SNC-Lavilin Fayez Engineering for the refinery and petrochemical plant under construction at Yanbu on the Red Sea. The company is a Saudi Arabia-registered subsidiary of SNC-Lavilin, Montreal.

ONGC signs MOU for urea plant in Tripura

Apr 11, 2013

Oil & Natural Gas Corp. of India has signed a memorandum of understanding to enter the urea fertilizer business in a move that would boost development of natural gas it has discovered over the past 2 decades in Tripura.

Egyptian derivatives plant to get wastewater treatment plant

Mar 27, 2013

Egyptian Ethylene & Derivatives Co. (Ethydco), Cairo, has let a contract for water treatment at its petroleum derivatives plant in Alexandria to Aquatech, Canonsburg, Pa.

HPCL, Rajasthan sign MOU for refinery

Mar 14, 2013

Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. and the government of the Indian state of Rajasthan have signed a memorandum of understanding envisioning a refinery and petrochemical complex at Barmer, near oil fields producing and under development by Cairn India Ltd.

EPP plans Gulf Coast ethane system

Mar 13, 2013

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) said shipper commitments support development of a 270-mile pipeline header system for delivery of ethane to US Gulf Coast petrochemical plants from the company’s storage complex at Mont Belvieu, Tex.

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.

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