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February 12, 2013
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; was awarded a contract from Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refining Co. (Luberef) to provide project management consulting (PMC) services for an expansion project at its lube oil refinery in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. Officials did not disclose the contract value, however noted that the overall expansion project cost is...
February 11, 2013
The SensoTech GmbH (Magdeburg–Barleben, Germany; extends its market presence in North America with a new U.S. subsidiary and thereby reinforces significantly its globally networked team of sales and service staff. As a subsidiary of the German SensoTech GmbH, SensoTech Inc., which is located in Wayne, New Jersey, closely works together with already existing sales representatives of...
February 11, 2013
Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; will deliver engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services to construction of an isomerization unit at Neste Oil Porvoo petroleum refinery. The investment, valued at approximately €65 million, is intended to increase the output of high-octane gasoline and improve refining...
February 8, 2013
Sales of chemical products at the wholesale level in the U.S. rose 1.2% to $10.3 billion in December 2012 according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau that was discussed in the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington...
February 7, 2013
While merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the global chemicals sector rose slightly in 2012 due to an increase in smaller acquisitions, continued uncertainty around the state of the global economy probably constrained growth and contributed to a decrease in total deal value compared to the prior year. Despite ongoing global concerns, M&A activity in advanced economies including North America...
February 7, 2013
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; says it is currently performing early construction management services for Baxter International Inc.’s (Deerfield, Ill.; new biotechnology facility near Covington...
February 7, 2013
KBR (Houston; says it was selected by PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja Palembang, to provide licensing, engineering services and proprietary equipment for a new 2,000 metric tons (m.t.) per...
February 7, 2013
Rotterdam is the second largest chemical and petrochemical basin in Europe. This industry has maintained its momentum, despite the crisis, across Western Europe, with dynamic players demonstrating sustained demand for industrial gases. In this context, AirLiquide (Paris, France; will invest an additional €65 million in the...
February 6, 2013
Today, Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; officially launched its new production plant for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions at its Ulsan site in South Korea. The additional 40,000 metric tons (m.t.) from the second reactor line increases the site’s VAE-dispersion capacity to a total of 90,000 m.t./yr. The production capacity of the site has thus almost doubled...
February 6, 2013
MAN Diesel & Turbo (MDT; Berlin, Germany; is providing the compressor technology for Shell Canada’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project, located in Alberta, Canada. Quest will be the world’s first commercial-scale CCS project to tackle carbon emissions in an oil sand operation. Quest will capture more than one million metric tons (m.t.) per year of CO2...
February 6, 2013
Forest BtL Oy (Vantaa, Finland; and Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France;  have signed a license for the use of Gasel technology suite in the Biomass to Liquid (BtL) plant to be constructed in Ajos, near the city of Kemi, Finland. Ajos BtL is a NER300 supported...
February 6, 2013
The chief executive officers of seven leading European biofuel producers and European airlines launched today in Brussels a new industry-led initiative to speed up the deployment of advanced sustainable biofuels in Europe.   The initiative, called “Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels,” aims at supporting the development of second-generation biofuels in Europe. The leaders of Chemtex..."second-generation"-biofuels-in-all-EU-transport-sectors_10208.html
February 6, 2013
American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washgton, D.C.; President and CEO Cal Dooley joined U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Craig Morrison, President and CEO of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC and Chairman of the ACC Board of Directors, and John Paro, Chairman, President and CEO of The HallStar Company, on Capitol Hill today to announce the release of a...
February 6, 2013
An official ceremony took place today with Giovanni Azzone, rector of Politecnico di Milano (, and Fabrizio Di Amato, CEO and chairman of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. ( for the signature of a framework agreement for a scientific collaboration between Maire Tecnimont Group and Politecnico di Milano University in Breakthrough Innovation, so-called radical innovation. The...
February 5, 2013
Teijin Chemicals Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan;, the core company of the Teijin Group’s resin and plastic processing business, announced an agreement with SK Chemicals, a South Korean chemical producer, on a business collaboration, including the establishment of a joint venture to develop, produce and distribute polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resins and compounds in July. The joint venture (JV)...
February 5, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has entered into an agreement to acquire NuCO2 INC. from Aurora Capital Group, a Los Angeles, California based private equity firm, for $1.1 billion in cash. The transaction is subject to customary conditions to closing, including regulatory approval, and is expected to close by the end of the first...$1-1-billion_10201.html
February 5, 2013
Samsung Engineering Co. (Seoul, South Korea; has officially announced its contract award from Gazprom Neft, a subsidiary of Gazprom, one of Russia’s largest oil and gas companies. The $879-million contract covers engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the gas...
February 1, 2013
The renewable chemicals and fuels company Amyris, Inc. (Emeryville, Calif.; announced today the first commercial shipment from its new plant in Brazil. Amyris's first purpose-built industrial fermentation facility produces Biofene, the company's brand of renewable farnesene. The product...
February 1, 2013
The market volume for specialty chemicals in the U.S. rose by 0.7% in December 2012, according to the American Chemistry Council (Washington, D.C.; The December expansion follows a 0.5% gain in November and offsets some softness experienced in this area from August through October, ACC noted.   The data indicate that 22 of the 28 specialty-chemical market segments monitored...
January 30, 2013
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has agreed with a major cellulosic ethanol producer on the design and delivery of a renewable energy solution for a bio-ethanol facility in Iowa. The order has been included in Outotec's Q4 2012 order intake and its value will not be disclosed. The customer's...
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