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Chemical Processing

BASF started production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach. more

Refining/Petrochemical

Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, reached an agreement with Phillips 66 to supply high-purity hydrogen to the company’s Sweeny Refinery located in Old Ocean, Texas, starting in early 2021. more

Refining/Petrochemical

ir Products will build, own and operate two air separation units (ASUs) to provide oxygen and nitrogen to Eastman’s facility in Kingsport, Tennessee under new longterm agreements. more

Refining/Petrochemical

Clariant signed an agreement for a new partnership with Neste. more

Chemical Processing

Evonik Industries AG started up a precipitated silica plant for the tire industry in South Carolina. more

Downstream

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. to sell its Energy, Chemicals and Resources (ECR) segment to WorleyParsons Limited for $3.3 billion. more

M&A/Investment

The US-China trade war is expected to hit polyethylene exports to China just as new U.S. capacity is starting up. Demand in other regions will help for a while, but a big wave of new investment in the East comes by the middle of the next decade. more

Refining/Petrochemical

The Environmental Protection Agency aims to release its draft rule allowing year-round sales of higher ethanol gasoline blends by February, and end deliberations on the proposal by May. more

Chemical Processing

INEOS Phenol  is planning to expand the capacity of its plant in Mobile, Alabama up to 850,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr), making it the largest phenol production unit in the world. more

Chemical Processing

The former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has relaunched as Nouryon. The move follows the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group. more

Chemical Processing

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Superior Refining Company LLC - based in Superior, Wisconsin - for failing to control the use and release of highly hazardous chemicals after an explosion. more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Petrochemicals will outpace cars, trucks and aviation in future oil demand growth, even with ambitious efforts to promote recycling and promote greater efficiency. more

Refining/Petrochemical

New liquid hydrogen capacity needed to meet increasing market demand. more

Downstream

Ortloff will become part of Honeywell UOP’s Gas Processing and Hydrogen business, bringing the industry’s most advanced expertise in the recovery of high-value natural gas liquids (NGLs) from natural gas streams. more

M&A/Investment

Retaliatory tariffs on $11 billion in U.S. chemicals and plastics exports and put nearly 55,000 American jobs and $18 billion in domestic activity at risk as a result of reduced demand for those products. more

Maintenance & Reliability

"Our industry supports a process based on the best available science to determine, as appropriate, maximum contaminant levels and contaminated site clean-up levels for PFOS and PFOA." more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Flint Hills Resources, Ingleside, Tex., plans to expand storage and outbound crude loading capacity at its storage terminal in Ingleside, Tex., to 380,000 b/d. more

Downstream

Ethane prices at Mont Belvieu, Texas, from August 1–28, 2018, averaged $2.38 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) higher than natural gas spot prices at the U.S. benchmark Henry Hub in Louisiana during that same period. more

Natural Gas

Motiva Enterprises returned the gasoline-producing, alkylation and small coking units to normal operation at its 603,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas. more

Refining/Petrochemical

LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, announced it has completed the acquisition of A. Schulman, Inc., a leading global supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, composites and powders. more

M&A/Investment

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