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March 11, 2013
Ineos Phenol (www.ineosphenol.com) and Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. (Sinopec YPC) have today initialled joint venture (JV) agreements for the design, build and future operation of a 1.2-million metric ton (m.t.) cumene, phenol and acetone complex at the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province, China. It is currently expected that the project will be completed by the end of 2015. The...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Ineos-and-Sinopec-form-JV-agreement-for-chemical-complex-in-Nanjing_10331.html
March 8, 2013
Sales of chemicals at the wholesale level increased in January in the U.S. by 0.8% to $10.4 billion, according to U.S. Census Bureau data that were discussed in the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   The January increase follows a 1.2% increase in December 2012, and as a result of...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Wholesale-chemical-sales-up-in-January-for-the-U-S-_10328.html
March 7, 2013
AkzoNobel's (Amsterdam, The Netherlands; www.akzonobel.com) new €90-million Jupiá Chemical Island in Brazil is now operational and has started supplying the Eldorado Brasil Celulose pulp mill, which is the biggest in the world. Operated by the company's Pulp and...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/AkzoNobel-Chemical-Island-starts-supply-to-worlds-biggest-single-line-pulp-mill_10326.html
March 7, 2013
The Babcock & Wilcox Co. (B&W; Charlotte, N.C.; www.babcock.com) announced today that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG), has reached an agreement with the FutureGen Industrial Alliance to begin initial engineering and preparation for full front-end engineering and design work on the U.S. Dept. of Energy's (DOE) FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and storage...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/B-and-W-signs-contract-to-begin-second-phase-of-FutureGen-2-0-carbon-capture-project_10327.html
March 5, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and Xinjiang Markor Chemical Industry Co. (Markor; ) plan to establish two joint ventures (JVs) for the production of butanediol (BDO) and polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF; chemical name: polytetramethylene ether glycol) in Korla, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Northwest China. The JV agreements have already been signed but are subject to further closing...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/BASF-and-Markor-plan-to-establish-two-JVs-for-BDO-and-polyTHF-in-China_10325.html
March 4, 2013
Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) is strengthening its standing as the world’s leading producer of high-performance rubber. Following a feasibility study, the company has decided to convert production of emulsion styrene butadiene rubber (E-SBR) used in standard tires, to solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) used in high-performance “green tires” at its site in...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Lanxess-invests-&euro80-million-in-S-SBR-production-in-Brazil_10323.html
March 1, 2013
The U.S. specialty-chemical market volume slipped by 0.1% in January, following gains the previous two months, according to the most recent Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com).   Of the 28...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/U-S-specialty-chemical-market-volume-slips-in-January-ACC-says_10322.html
February 28, 2013
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has signed an agreement to acquire Scanalyse Holdings Pty Ltd., an Australian-based software technology company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Chile and the U.S. Scanalyse provides services in process equipment condition and performance monitoring. The acquisition strengthens Outotec's specialized maintenance services, supporting life cycle solutions and...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Outotec-grows-its-maintenance-services-by-acquiring-Scanalyse_10318.html
February 28, 2013
Caloric Anlagenbau GmbH (Gräfelfing, Germany; www.caloric.com) has been awarded a contract for the engineering and manufacturing of a new hydrogen generation plant from a major chemical company in Indonesia once again. The plant will be able to produce 700 Nm³/h of H2 by methanol reforming. A pressure swing adsorption (PSA) unit following the...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Caloric-awarded-contract-to-build-a-methanol-reformer-in-Indonesia_10319.html
February 28, 2013
On the way to the production of environment-friendly fuels from biomass residue, the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT; Karlsruhe, Germany; www.edu), in cooperation with the technology partner Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, has realized another important milestone: the second process stage of the bioliq pilot plant is ready — today, the complex high-pressure, entrained-flow...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Successful-operation-of-high-pressure-entrained-flow-gasification_10320.html
February 28, 2013
OriginOil, Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.; www.originoil.com), the developer of a breakthrough energy production process for the oil and algae industries, today announced its CLEAN-FRAC water treatment system for the oil and gas industry successfully completed its first field testing on produced water at an oil well in Lost Hills near Bakersfield, California. The field trials demonstrated that the process...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/First-field-testing-on-frac-water-treatment-system-from-OriginOil_10321.html
February 27, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) will open a new Research and Development Laboratory and an Application Technology Center for Battery Materials in Amagasaki, Japan. The facilities will be fully operational by the end of 2013. The laboratory will focus on researching electrolytes and electrode materials for high-performance batteries as part of BASF’s global R&D network. The...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/BASF-to-open-R-and-D-technology-center-for-battery-materials-in-Japan_10315.html
February 27, 2013
Toyo Engineering Corp. (Toyo; Chiba, Japan; www.toyo-eng.co.jp) has been awarded a contract to build an ammonia plant for PT Panca Amara Utama (PAU), a subsidiary of PT. Surya Esa Perkasa Tbk. (SEP), one of Indonesia’s leading LPG producing companies. The project involves construction of Ammonia Plant & related utility facilities for a 2,000-ton/d plant in Luwuk, Central Sulawesi. The contract...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Toyo-awarded-ammonia-project-in-Indonesia_10316.html
February 27, 2013
Passavant-Geiger GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bilfinger SE (Aarbergen, Germany; www.bilfinger.com), has acquired Johnson Screens, a global leader in screening products for water infrastructure, wastewater treatment, hydrocarbon processing and general filtration. Combining the competencies and resources of these two companies, each of which has a long and storied tradition, will create a global leader...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Bilfinger-Water-Technologies-A-new-strong-connection_10317.html
February 26, 2013
Ten of the world’s largest chemical companies, together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD; Geneva, Switzerland; www.wbcsd.org), released today an accounting and reporting guide to help the sector consistently account and report climate impacts in the corporate value chain. The first of its kind, “Guidance for Accounting & Reporting Corporate GHG Emissions in...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Leading-chemicals-sector-group-gives-guidance-on-GHG-emissions_10309.html
February 26, 2013
Stamicarbon B.V. (Sittard, The Netherlands; www.stamicarbon.com), the Licensing and IP Center of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (Milan, Italy; www.mairetecnimont.it), , has signed two contracts for a new urea plant with Jiangsu Linggu Chemical Industry Co. in the People’s Republic of...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Stamicarbon-lands-two-urea-contracts-in-China_10310.html
February 26, 2013
Ten of the world’s largest chemical companies, together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD; Geneva, Switzerland; www.wbcsd.org), released today an accounting and reporting guide to help the sector consistently account and report climate impacts in the corporate value chain. The first of its kind report, entitled “Guidance for Accounting & Reporting Corporate...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Emissions-accounting-guidelines-for-GHGs-released_10311.html
February 26, 2013
The American Chemistry Council's (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) released today continued to show a slowly expanding U.S. economy, increasing 0.6% over January on a three-month-moving-average (3MMA) basis. The year-over-year 3MMA showed a 2.9% gain over February 2012. The CAB is a leading economic indicator derived from a composite index of...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/CAB-sees-seventh-consecutive-monthly-gain_10312.html
February 26, 2013
UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, today announced a new, advanced membrane element designed to increase natural gas processing capacity, compared with existing technology, allowing producers to capture higher revenue and reduce costs. The Separex Flux+ is a drop-in replacement for the membrane elements in existing Separex membrane systems. Separex Flux+ increases the...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/UOP-introduces-new-membrane-element-to-improve-natural-gas-processing-capacity_10313.html
February 26, 2013
ABB (Baden, Switzerland; www.abb.com) recently completed commissioning of the integrated electrification and automation system for the first process line of Northland Resources’ Kaunisvaara iron-ore concentrator plant. The site is located approximately 100 km north of the Arctic Circle, in Sweden. The initial orders were awarded in the first quarter of 2012 by Metso Minerals and Northland Resources...
http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/ABB-commissions-first-line-of-Northlands-Kaunisvaara-iron-ore-mine_10314.html
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