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Bankruptcy court approves Lyondell's plan

Mar 12, 2010

The US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, has approved disclosure statements and various settlement agreements in a move likely to pave the way for Lyondell Chemical Co. to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this year.

OGJ FOCUS: Competitive pressures changing Asian petchems

Mar 8, 2010 Massive growth in Chinese and Middle East petrochemical capacities and prospects of intense competition for Asian markets from Middle East producers are prompting profound change in Asia's petrochemical industry.

OGJ FOCUS: US OLEFINS—SECOND-HALF 2009: US olefins production rebounds amid global economic recovery

Mar 8, 2010 Second-half 2009 saw sustained recovery for the US petrochemical industry, even as broader economies continued to experience credit crises and economic recession.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: Statoil publishes Norne Blend assay

Mar 1, 2010 Statoil late last year published an assay of its Norne Blend crude oil.

Elme ethylene plant in Nigeria due revamp

Feb 11, 2010

Elme Petrochemicals Co. of Nigeria has let a contract to KBR for a revamp of the company’s 550,000-tonne/year ethylene plant at Elme, near Port Harcourt.

Calculating high cetane 300-400° F. cut for diesel

Feb 8, 2010 This article provides a basis for deciding whether to evaluate a new process scheme or alter an existing one with a view toward moving a 300-400° F. cut from gasoline to diesel fuel.

Ghana wants gas to fuel power generation

Feb 5, 2010

Ghana wants to use its natural gas resources to fuel electric generation.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: StatoilHydro publishes Troll Blend assay

Jan 25, 2010 StatoilHydro late last year published an assay of its Troll Blend crude oil, a commingling of Troll B, Troll C, Fram, and Kvitebjorn fields off Norway and operated by the company.

GUIDE TO WORLD CRUDES: Statoil publishes Aasgard Blend assay

Jan 18, 2010 Statoil late last year published an assay of its Aasgard Blend, a commingling of production from Smorbukk, Smorbukk South, Midgard, Mikkel, Kristin, Yttergryta, and Tyrihans fields in the Norwegian Sea.

Petrochemical complex advances in Qatar

Jan 7, 2010

Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil Chemical Qatar Ltd. have agreed to advance development of a petrochemical complex that would include the world’s largest steam cracker at Ras Laffan, Qatar.

FEED pact let for Venezuelan ethylene plant

Jan 5, 2010

A Brazilian-Venezuelan joint venture has let a reimbursable front-end engineering design (FEED) contract to Technip for a 1.3 million tonne/year ethylene plant at Jose, Venezuela.

ExxonMobil starts Rotterdam aromatics unit

Dec 1, 2009

ExxonMobil Chemical has started up an expansion of its Rotterdam aromatics plant (OGJ, Oct. 1, 2007, Newsletter).

Linde, Sabic say LAO technology commercial

Nov 25, 2009

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (Sabic) and Linde Group say linear alpha olefins (LAO) technology they jointly developed is commercial (OGJ, Jan. 9, 2006, p. 48).

Fujian complex reaches full operation

Nov 11, 2009

The Fujian Integrating Refining and Ethylene Joint Venture Project in Quanzhou, China, has reached full operation, partners said Nov. 11.

Here's a quick means to determine MeOH injection to inhibit hydrates

Sep 14, 2009 This article proposes a set of reference charts developed by the authors for determining required methanol concentrations in the aqueous phase (rich solution) and total lean inhibitor's flow rate for a desired depression in hydrate formation temperature of a wet natural gas.

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