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July 11, 2013
Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. (Milan, Italy; announces that several contracts and variations have been awarded to its subsidiaries for a total amount of approximately €137 million for engineering services, licensing and technology packages. New contracts in the core business (oil, gas and petrochemicals) have been awarded mainly in Middle East, Central and North America and...
July 11, 2013
WorleyParsons Ltd. (North Sydney, Australia; has been awarded a contract by Sasol North America, Inc. (Sasol) for an integrated gas-to-liquids (GTL) and ethane-cracker complex. The contract is for WorleyParsons to provide Integrated...
July 10, 2013
The Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) microchannel-reactor technology developed by the Oxford Catalysts Group (Abingdon, U.K.; and marketed under the brand name Velocys (, has been selected for use in the design and possible construction of a commercial biomass-to-liquids (BTL) plant in the U.S. The proposed BTL...
July 10, 2013
Together with its Westphalia-based parent company Haver & Boecker ( and machine builder Möllers, Feige Filling GmbH received its biggest order in its more than 40 year company-history from Foster & Wheeler. The order is part of the world’s largest petrochemical plant currently in planning and slated to be constructed in a single step. Using the slogan...
July 10, 2013
The plant engineering company Uhde Inventa-Fischer (Domat/Ems, Switzerland; has received an order from SK Chemicals Co., Ltd. (Korea) to build the first plant for the continuous production of polyphenylene sulfide (PPS). The new plant will be integrated into the industrial complex of SK Chemicals in Ulsan, Republic of Korea. Operation of the plant will be based on Uhde...
July 10, 2013
Cereplast, Inc. (Seymour, Ind.;, a manufacturer of biobased compostable and sustainable bioplastics, announced that it has received multiple purchase orders for compostable blown-film resins totaling approximately $200,000 in...
July 10, 2013
The Vivergo bioethanol plant, a joint venture between BP (London, U.K.;, DuPont (Wilmington, Del.; and AB Sugar, was officially opened in Hull. The new £350 million plant is the U.K.’s biggest bioethanol producer and largest single-source supplier of animal feed, providing valuable commodities that the U.K...
July 10, 2013
EuroChem (Moscow, Russia;, a global fertilizer company, announced its intention to build an ammonia and urea production plant in Louisiana to manufacture and distribute fertilizer products in the U.S. and other markets. The project requires an estimated...
July 9, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; will increase its global capacities for producing the chemical intermediate 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and the BDO derivative PolyTHF (polytetramethylene ether glycol; PTMEG) within the coming two years. BASF’s annual BDO capacity will rise from 535,000 to 650,000 metric tons (m.t.), its annual PolyTHF capacity from 250,000 to 350,000 m.t. With respect to...
July 9, 2013
Phoenix Solar Inc. (San Ramon, Calif.;, the U.S. subsidiary of Phoenix Solar AG has announced it signed a contract with Silicon Ranch Corp. (Nashville, Tenn.; to build a 38.6-MW solar plant called Simon Solar Farm outside Atlanta, Georgia. Upon completion, the installation will be the largest utility-scale solar power facility in the state and the largest...
July 9, 2013
Michelman, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio; has acquired Ecronova Polymer GmbH (Recklinghausen, Germany), a manufacturer of water-based polymers used in the production of paints and lacquers. The purchase includes all assets, technology and manufacturing facilities. The name Ecronova...
July 8, 2013
Huntsman Corp. (The Woodlands, Tex.; has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business of Oxid L.P., a privately held manufacturer of specialty urethane polyols based in Houston. The...
July 8, 2013
Clariant International Ltd. (Muttenz, Switzerland;, a specialty chemicals producer, and Wilmar International Ltd., an Asian agribusiness group, have received the relevant merger clearances for the establishment of their 50-50 joint venture (JV) called...
July 8, 2013
Shanxi Coking Co. Ltd., has signed a license agreement for Unipol Polypropylene (PP) Process Technology with Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Technology LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company ...
July 8, 2013
Saudi Organometallic Chemicals Co. (SOCC), a joint venture (JV) equally owned by Albemarle Netherlands B.V., a subsidiary of Albemarle Corp. (Baton Rouge, La.; and Saudi Specialty Chemical Company, an...
July 8, 2013
Air Liquide (Paris, France; recently started up the world’s largest helium purification and liquefaction unit, a turnkey project at Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. The new unit’s production capacity is approximately 38 million m3/yr of helium. The high technologies Air Liquide uses to purify and liquefy helium at a very low temperature (–269°C) are proprietary...
July 2, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen;, the Linde Group (Munich; and ThyssenKrupp AG (Essen, all Germany; plan to develop an environmentally friendly and competitive basis for utilizing the climate gas carbon dioxide on an industrial scale. They aim to employ innovative process technology to use CO2 as a raw material, with positive effects on climate protection. Together...
July 2, 2013
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect workers from the serious health effects from occupational exposure to isocyanates. OSHA will develop an NEP to focus outreach efforts and inspections on specific hazards in an industry for a three-year period. Through this NEP, OSHA will focus on workplaces in general, construction and...
July 2, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture (JV) with OJSC KuibyshevAzot (Moscow, Russia;, in central Russia’s Samara region, to produce and sell industrial gases. The JV will produce on-site...
July 1, 2013
Borealis AG (Vienna, Austria; says it has fully acquired GPN SA from the Total Group. GPN S.A. is France’s largest nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer. Borealis is already active in nitrogen fertilizers in Central Europe, as well as in France following its acquisition of PEC-Rhin S.A., today known as Borealis PEC- Rhin SAS, in early 2012. In joining Borealis, GPN — which is...
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