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May 28, 2013
The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; has formed a joint venture with chemical company JSC KuibyshevAzot to build and operate a large ammonia plant at the Togliatti site in Russia’s Samara region. Both partners signed an agreement to this effect on 27 May...
May 28, 2013
INEOS Barex AG (Rolle, Switzerland; has signed a binding agreement to acquire the polyacrylonitriles business from Mitsui Chemicals Inc.  The agreement brings together complementary capabilities and synergies of both businesses and secures the long term supply of PAN resin and Zexlon film to Mitsui customers across Asia.  The value of the transaction was not...
May 28, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; has been awarded a significant contract comprising technology, engineering services and supply of core equipment for Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co. — Takreer's new coke-calcination unit. This new unit is part of the carbon black & delayed coker project...
May 28, 2013
In April, the Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) rose 0.2%, a level about even with the average gain in the first quarter of 2013, according to data discussed in the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the...
May 24, 2013
Air Liquide (Paris, France; has signed a long-term contract with Fujian Shenyuan New Materials Co. (Fujian Shenyuan) to supply industrial gases for its caprolactam production project located in Lianjiang Kemen Economic & Development Zone, Fujian Province, South-East of China. Under the terms of the contract, Air Liquide will invest in an industrial gases complex of eight units...
May 23, 2013
WorleyParsons Ltd. (North Sydney, Australia; has signed a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) with Celanese Corp. (Dallas, Tex.; for the development of the Celanese Methanol project in Clear Lake, Texas. The estimated revenue to...
May 22, 2013
Ineos Nitriles ( and Tianjin Bohai Chemical Industry Group Corp. ( have today signed a non-binding Heads of Terms, setting out their intention to establish a 50/50 joint venture (JV), to build and operate a world scale acrylonitrile plant to be located in Tianjin, China. It is expected that the plant, which will be designed using the latest Ineos process and catalyst technology...
May 22, 2013
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has agreed with Russian Copper Co. on the design and delivery of a new copper concentrator for the first stage of the Tominsky project in the Chelyabinsk region in Russia. The total value of the contracts exceed €50...
May 21, 2013
Tempered expansion of the U.S. economy continues, according to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC; Washington, D.C.; monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) released today. The economic indicator, shown to lead U.S. business cycles by an average of eight months at cycle peaks, increased 0.1% over April on a three-month-moving-average (3MMA) basis. This is the...
May 21, 2013
Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.; has completed and successfully commissioned the boil-off gas reliquefaction project at the site of Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG’s receipt terminal in Hackberry, La. The project uses Black & Veatch’s Prico technology to liquefy LNG storage tank boil-off gas. Black & Veatch provided services...
May 20, 2013
Sulzer Chemtech Ltd. (Winterthur, Switzerland; has opened an office in Brazil to better service its customers in the Brazilian market in the field of products and services for separation, reaction and mixing technology. The new office in Vinhedo near Campinas (Sao Paulo) offers both technical and commercial functions, bringing the advanced solutions in the fields of process and separation...
May 20, 2013
It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the passing earlier today of Dr. Haldor Frederik Axel Topsøe, founder of Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; Haldor Topsøe was born on May 24th, 1913 and passed away on May 20th, 2013, shortly before his 100th birthday, after a brief period of illness. The birthday reception scheduled for tomorrow, May 21st, 2013 at the...øe-has-passed-away_10545.html
May 17, 2013
Lewa-Nikkiso America, Inc. (Holliston, Mass.; has recently acquired Integrated Process Technologies, Inc. (IPT), a Massachusetts-based company specializing in the engineering, design, and manufacture of high-purity process systems. IPT has a proven track record of delivering design-build projects for the pharmacutical and biotechnology markets with...
May 17, 2013
Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France; has entered into a technology alliance with HTI, a subsidiary of Headwaters Inc (South Jordan, Utah; The purpose of the alliance is to promote the combined use of Axens' and HTI's technologies to produce clean liquid fuels from residual (“bottom-of-the-barrel”) heavy oil. The alliance enables the companies to offer HTI’s...
May 17, 2013
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; and Global Oil Shale Group Plc. (London, U.K.; have agreed on collaboration in the development of a commercial-scale concentration process for kerogen, a mixture of organic material contained in surface mineable oil shale deposits. The parties will initially focus on Global Oil Shale's existing oil shale resources, such as a 2.18 billion...
May 16, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; was awarded by NOVA Chemicals Corp. the detail engineering, and procurement services contract for the Polyethylene (PE) 1 expansion project located at their Joffre site near Red Deer in Alberta, Canada. The project includes the installation of a...
May 16, 2013
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.;, a Honeywell company, has been selected to provide technology for the world’s largest on-purpose propylene production facility, located on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Ascend Performance Materials Operations LLC will use UOP’s C3 Oleflex process technology to convert propane to propylene, a key ingredient in the production of materials such as nylon, films and...
May 15, 2013
With three separate transactions, BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany: has strengthened its technology footprint in industrial enzymes, one of BASF’s identified growth fields: BASF has completed the acquisition of Henkel’s detergents enzyme technology. Additionally, BASF has entered into a research and license agreement with the global biotechnology company Dyadic International, Inc...
May 13, 2013
Technology, engineering and project management company Neste Jacobs Oy (Espoo, Finland; and energy company Global Oil Shale Group PLC (GOS; Jersey, U.K.; have signed a Strategic Oil Shale Development and Engineering Agreement to collaborate in oil shale processing and plant design for converting oil shale into liquid fuel and gas as well as any upgrading...
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