Formosa Plastics Starts Up New Texas Cracker

Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. continues its progress on the construction and startup of expansion units at Point Comfort, Texas site. The 1.5 million-MT per year cracker has come online and was seen ramping up through January. The 400,000-MT per year LDPE unit is in the commissioning stages, with initial start-up expected in April 2020. The … Read more Formosa Plastics Starts Up New Texas Cracker

BASF to Expand Polyurethane Dispersions Capacity in Spain

BASF SE announced a single-digit million-euro investment to increase capacity of water-based polyurethane dispersions at its Castellbisbal site in Spain. The expansion will allow BASF to increase its production capacity by 30%. “We want to continue to provide our customers with high-quality polyurethane dispersions and help them grow by ensuring supply reliability. Considering the rising … Read more BASF to Expand Polyurethane Dispersions Capacity in Spain

Covestro Delays Texas MDI Project Citing Weak Market

Covestro A.G. is delaying work to expand its MDI plant in Baytown, a move that will halt work on the MDI-500 project for 18-24 months. In a Jan. 21 news release about the decision the company cited “challenging global market dynamics” for the halt. However, it stressed that there were no plans to leave the MDI … Read more Covestro Delays Texas MDI Project Citing Weak Market

Asahi Kasei Mitsubishi to Restart Naphtha Cracker in Mizushima

Asahi Kasei Mitsubishi Chemical Ethylene, a joint venture of Asahi Kasei Corp and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp, said it will restart operation at its naphtha cracker in Mizushima, Okayama prefecture on 24 January, after completing planned repair of the unit’s troubled refrigeration system. The naphtha cracker automatically shut down on 14 January after it detected a … Read more Asahi Kasei Mitsubishi to Restart Naphtha Cracker in Mizushima

Showa Denko Restructures Domestic Production of UP and VE Resin

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to terminate operation of its production lines to synthesize unsaturated polyester resin (UP) and vinyl ester resin (VE) at Isesaki Plant by the end of June 2021. The company will concentrate domestic production of UP and VE at Tatsuno Plant in order to improve profitability of its UP and … Read more Showa Denko Restructures Domestic Production of UP and VE Resin

Enterprise Starts Up Isobutane Dehydrogenation Plant in Texas

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. announced on Monday that its isobutane dehydrogenation (iBDH) plant in the Mont Belvieu, Texas area recently began service, with volumes expected to continue ramping up during the next two weeks. The facility, which is supported by long-term, fee-based contracts with investment grade customers, will ultimately have the capability to process approximately … Read more Enterprise Starts Up Isobutane Dehydrogenation Plant in Texas

Formosa’s $9.4B Petchem Project in Louisiana Clears Key Hurdle

Formosa Petrochemical has received air pollution permits for a $9.4 billion petrochemical and plastics complex the company has proposed building in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The company has received the final Title V operating permits needed from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The complex would be built in two phases and produce ethylene, propylene, … Read more Formosa’s $9.4B Petchem Project in Louisiana Clears Key Hurdle

INEOS Styrolution to Build World-Scale ABS Plant in China

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, has announced plans to build a world-scale acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plant in Ningbo, China. The new production site will be adjacent to the recently acquired polystyrene plant in Ningbo. After the acquisition of two polystyrene production sites in China from Total in February 2019, INEOS Styrolution embarks on plans … Read more INEOS Styrolution to Build World-Scale ABS Plant in China

Gulf Coast Ammonia reaches Final Investment Decision on World-scale Ammonia Plant

Gulf Coast Ammonia LLC (GCA) announced that it has closed on non-recourse project financing for its world-scale anhydrous ammonia plant in Texas on December 30, 2019. Construction capital will be provided by a joint venture of Starwood Energy Group Global LLC (Starwood Energy) and Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG (Mabanaft). The facility will have a … Read more Gulf Coast Ammonia reaches Final Investment Decision on World-scale Ammonia Plant

Cabot Corp to Acquire China-based CNT Manufacturer

Cabot China Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabot Corporation, entered into an agreement to purchase Shenzhen Sanshun Nano New Materials Co., Ltd (SUSN), a leading carbon nanotube (CNT) producer in China, for approximately $115 million in enterprise value that includes liabilities and contingent payments, company officials announced on Tuesday. “The acquisition significantly strengthens Cabot’s … Read more Cabot Corp to Acquire China-based CNT Manufacturer

SABIC to Liquidate Three Subsidiaries

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) plans to voluntarily liquidate three wholly-owned subsidiaries, in line with its transformation plans, according to a statement to the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul). The liquidation decision includes SABIC Industrial Catalysts Co., Saudi Carbon Fiber Co. and the Saudi Japanese Acrylonitrile Co. as per a Dec. 31 filing with the Saudi … Read more SABIC to Liquidate Three Subsidiaries

Sinochem Unit gets $1.65 Billion Investment from State Firms

Sinochem Energy, a unit of China’s Sinochem Group, has agreed to sell a 20% stake to five state-owned firms for 11.56 billion yuan ($1.65 billion), Xinhua news agency reported. The financial investment arms of Agricultural Bank of China and Industrial Bank of China (ICBC), and Citic Securities Investment Co were the strategic investors, the official … Read more Sinochem Unit gets $1.65 Billion Investment from State Firms

Zhejiang Petroleum to Start Remaining Units at Zhoushan, China

China’s Rongsheng said on Tuesday it has started up the remaining units in the first phase of Zhejiang Petroleum & Chemical (ZPC) refinery complex, one of two new major refineries built in China in 2019. Located in east China’s Zhoushan city, the complex is now producing oil products and chemicals to commercial specifications, ZPC stated … Read more Zhejiang Petroleum to Start Remaining Units at Zhoushan, China

SABIC, Yokogawa Sign Strategic Collaboration Agreement

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) announced that it has entered into a strategic alliance framework agreement to accelerate collaboration with Yokogawa Electric Corporation. The agreement includes selection of Yokogawa as a preferred supplier of control systems. Under this alliance agreement, Yokogawa will promote localization in Saudi Arabia, and its integrated control systems and safety instrumented … Read more SABIC, Yokogawa Sign Strategic Collaboration Agreement

Ascend to Expand ADN Capacity, Reduce Emissions in Decatur Facility

Ascend Performance Materials has finalized plans for a $175 million project to expand adiponitrile (ADN) production capacity at its Decatur, AL manufacturing facility. The company will also construct energy cogeneration units at the site. The cogeneration units will reduce emissions at the facility by 60 percent. Ascend said that state and local governments are providing … Read more Ascend to Expand ADN Capacity, Reduce Emissions in Decatur Facility

Companies form Consortium to Tackle PET Plastic Waste

ALPLA, Britvic, Danone, Unilever, REMONDIS and BP – leading companies operating across the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic packaging value chain announced they have formed a new consortium that aims to help to address the problem of plastic waste by accelerating the commercialisation of BP Infinia enhanced recycling technology. BP Infinia is designed to turn opaque … Read more Companies form Consortium to Tackle PET Plastic Waste

LyondellBasell, Sinopec Sign New China JV to Produce PO, SM

LyondellBasell has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a 50:50 joint venture with China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), one of the largest integrated energy and chemical companies in China. Under the non-binding MoU, the JV will construct a new propylene oxide (PO) and styrene monomer (SM) unit in Zhenhai, Ningbo, China to serve … Read more LyondellBasell, Sinopec Sign New China JV to Produce PO, SM

Sasol Ramps up Lake Charles Ethane Cracker Output

Sasol announced that the LCCP Ethane Cracker is increasing production rates following the successful replacement of the acetylene reactor catalyst. Sasol’s Ethane Cracker achieved beneficial operation in August 2019 but has run approximately 50 – 60% of nameplate capacity due to underperformance of the plant’s acetylene removal system. The company stated that the issue has … Read more Sasol Ramps up Lake Charles Ethane Cracker Output

Evonik and Wynca Break Ground for a New Fumed Silica Plant in Zhenjiang

Evonik’s joint venture with Chinese company Wynca – Evonik Wynca (Zhenjiang) Silicon Material Co., Ltd. has officially started the construction on a new fumed silica plant in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China. Together with the business partners, representatives from local government and media, Evonik and Wynca took part in a ground-breaking ceremony on December 10th in … Read more Evonik and Wynca Break Ground for a New Fumed Silica Plant in Zhenjiang

RIL, ADNOC in pact to explore setting up Ethylene Dichloride JV

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) signed a framework agreement with Reliance Industries to explore development of an Ethylene Dichloride facility in Ruwais. The agreement was signed by Mr. Abdulaziz Alhajri, Executive Director of ADNOC’s Downstream Directorate, and Mr. Nikhil R. Meswani, RIL Executive Director. Under the terms of the agreement, ADNOC and RIL … Read more RIL, ADNOC in pact to explore setting up Ethylene Dichloride JV