Nexus Fuels, Shell Sign Supply Deal for Plastic Liquid Feedstock to Produce Chemicals

Nexus Fuels LLC (Nexus) and Shell announced a supply agreement, for 60,000 tonnes over four years, of pyrolysis liquid made from plastic waste, which is then converted into chemical products. Nexus, a leader in plastic waste molecular recycling, will supply fully circular, ISCC Plus-certified product from its plant in Atlanta. This enhanced collaboration follows a … Read more

Final LDPE Unit at Sasol’s Lake Charles Complex Reaches Beneficial Operation

Sasol’s low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit at the Lake Charles Chemicals Complex (LCCP) at Louisiana, USA, reached beneficial operation on November 15. The LDPE unit is the seventh and final LCCP unit to come on line. The LCCP is now 100% complete with total capital expenditure forecast to be within the previously communicated guidance of $12.8-billion. … Read more

Evonik Completes Acquisition of Porocel

Evonik announced that the company completed the acquisition of desulfurization catalyst rejuvenation firm, Porocel Group for US$ 210 million, as planned. Porocel’s global activities in the field of desulfurization catalyst rejuvenation, sulfur recovery catalysts, and alumina-based purification adsorbents represent an expansion of Evonik’s catalyst portfolio. Evonik is integrating the company into the Smart Materials Business … Read more

Solvay Renews Materials Deal with Boeing

Solvay announced that the company has been awarded a new long-term enterprise agreement for composites and adhesives by Boeing. Solvay provides material solutions across all commercial and defense programs at Boeing for applications including primary and secondary structures, interiors and surfacing. Solvay supplies Boeing with a large portfolio of advanced materials including thermoset and thermoplastic … Read more

Univar, PVS Chloralkali Announce New Hydrochloric Acid Agreement

Univar Solutions Inc. and PVS Chloralkali Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVS Chemicals Inc. (PVS), announced a new agreement where PVS will transfer railcars located in Ohio, Illinois and Virginia and sourcing agreements for Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) to Univar Solutions. “This agreement further expands Univar Solutions’ large and robust network for its HCL business … Read more

Celanese to Expand GUR Polyethylene Production Capacity at Texas Facility

Celanese has announced the ‘addition of a new GUR ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene production line (UHMW-PE)’ at its Bishop manufacturing complex in Texas, US. The expansion is expected to support significant growth of the company’s portfolio of GUR engineered materials. “Electric vehicle demand is expected to have a compounded annual growth rate of greater than … Read more

Formosa Delays Construction of Louisiana Cracker Project Citing Pandemic

Formosa Plastics affiliate FG LA LLC said it is deferring major construction on a petrochemical facility in St. James Parish, The Advocate reported. Formosa Plastics is citing the coronavirus pandemic for its decision to delay construction work on its $9.4 billion petrochemicals project in Louisiana. A statement from the company said building won’t begin until … Read more

West Virginia Methanol Announced $350 Million Investment for New Plant

West Virginia Methanol has selected a site in Pleasants County in northern West Virginia, USA for a $350 million methanol plant, Washington Times reported. The plant will produce 900 metric tons per day of high-purity methanol from natural gas in the Appalachian Basin. West Virginia Methanol, with headquarters in Charleston, West Virginia, is working on … Read more

NOVA Chemicals to Sell its Expandable Styrenics (EPS) Business to Alpek

Nova Chemicals announced that it has agreed to sell its expandable styrenics business to a subsidiary of Alpek S.A.B. de C.V. The parties expect to close the transaction in the fourth quarter. The sale of its expandable styrenics business is an important step in Nova Chemicals’ plan to focus on its olefin and polyethylene business, … Read more

Arlanxeo Sells its Olefins Business in Canada to Mitsubishi Corporation

Arlanxeo Canada, a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), and Diamond Petrochemicals Canada, a subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsubishi, have announced the execution of an agreement between the companies, where Arlaxeo will sell its olefins business to Mitsubishi Corp. Arlanxeo’s olefins unit is located at the bio-industrial park Sarnia in Ontario, Canada and … Read more

Ardian Acquires 50% Ownership Stake in Angus Chemical Company

Ardian, a private investment firm, announced that it has acquired a 50% ownership stake in Angus Chemical Company from Golden Gate Capital at a total enterprise value of approximately $2.25 billion. Golden Gate Capital, which initially acquired Angus in February 2015 from The Dow Chemical Company, will retain a 50% stake in Angus. Additional terms … Read more

Monolith Materials to Invest $1B on a Large-Scale Carbon-Free Ammonia Plant

Monolith Materials announced it plans to use its proprietary process to produce approximately 275,000 metric tons per year of carbon-free anhydrous ammonia in the United States. The company will invest $1 billion to build the new ammonia plant. Current ammonia production practices account for approximately 1% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, or roughly the … Read more

SK Capital Closes Acquisition of Specialty Polymers Business from Baker Hughes

SK Capital Partners, LP, a private investment firm focused on the specialty materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors, completed its previously announced acquisition of the specialty polymers business of Baker Hughes. The business has been renamed NuCera Solutions, reflecting its history of innovation in the specialty polymers and polyethylene wax markets. NuCera, with manufacturing operations in … Read more

LyondellBasell Buys $2-billion Stake in Sasol’s Lake Charles Base Chemicals Unit

LyondellBasell and Sasol Ltd. have entered into a definitive agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture (JV) through which LyondellBasell will acquire 50% of Sasol’s Lake Charles base chemicals unit for a total consideration of $2 Billion. The Lake Charles base chemicals unit includes a 1.5-million-ton ethane cracker, 900,000-ton low and linear-low density polyethylene plants … Read more

DSM to Sell its Resins, Functional Materials Businesses to Covestro for $1.9 Billion

Royal DSM has reached an agreement to sell its Resins & Functional Materials (RFM) and associated businesses to Covestro AG for an Equity Value of €1.6 billion ($1.9 billion). Completion of the transaction, which is subject to the customary conditions and approvals, is expected in the first half of 2021. The transaction will include all … Read more

Hexion to Sell Phenolic Resins, Hexamine, Forest Products Businesses for $425 Million

Hexion Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Phenolic Specialty Resin, Hexamine and European-based Forest Products Resins businesses for approximately $425 million to Black Diamond and Investindustrial. The consideration consists of $335 million in cash and certain assumed liabilities with the remainder in future proceeds based on the performance … Read more

Sterling Auxiliaries Acquires Chemicals Manufacturing Site from Baker Hughes

Sterling Auxiliaries Pvt. Ltd. and its parent company, Artek Surfin Chemicals Ltd., a leading producer of specialty chemicals with manufacturing capabilities across four continents, have agreed to acquire the land and assets associated with Baker Hughes’ Sand Springs, Oklahoma, chemicals manufacturing facility. The Sand Springs facility, which includes approximately 120 employees who will transfer with … Read more

BASF Acquires Crop Protection Technology from AgriMetis

BASF Agricultural Solutions acquired the proprietary Glu-L technology for L-glufosinate ammonium from AgriMetis, an industry leader in biotechnological innovations for crop protection. With this technology, BASF will provide farmers with a more efficient solution and improved formulation to protect against troublesome weeds. “The Glu-L technology builds on BASF’s continued commitment to innovative solutions that help … Read more

Braskem’s new La Porte Polypropylene Plant begins Commercial Production

Braskem, a Brazilian petrochemical producer said on September 10th that the company’s 450,000 metric tons per year polypropylene plant in LaPorte, Texas, along the Houston Ship Channel completed its initial commercial production. “The launch of commercial production at our new world-class polypropylene production line in La Porte clearly affirms Braskem’s position as the North American … Read more

DuPont Divests Trichlorosilane Business and its Stake in Hemlock JV

DuPont announced it has divested its trichlorosilane (TCS) business and its equity interest in the Hemlock Semiconductor joint venture to Hemlock for $725 million. The deal has received regulatory approval and was closed at signing. Dupont owned 40.25% stake in Hemlock JV before signing of this deal. DuPont received pre-tax cash proceeds of $550 million … Read more