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December 1, 2014
The preliminary value for the September CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) rose 0.26% from the final August value, extending the series of monthly increases to six in a...
November 27, 2014
Vale Canada Ltd. has awarded Pöyry (Montreal) Inc. ( with the detailed engineering and construction site assistance services assignment for the nickel emissions project at Copper Cliff Nickel Refinery in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The project involves a new baghouse with auxiliaries for the...
November 26, 2014
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; today announced plans for a major investment in a pioneering superabsorbent technology platform of its hygiene business. BASF will invest up to €500 million ($625 million) over the next two to three years to establish droplet polymerization capacities worldwide by revamping existing plants. The rollout of the new technology underlines BASF’s...
November 25, 2014
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.;, logged a 0.2% gain this month, following an upward revision in October which reflected zero growth, as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). The year-over-year comparisons have moderated since the summer suggesting an economy continuing...
November 25, 2014
Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; and SunPine ( have signed an agreement for Neste Jacobs to perform engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services to construct a tall-oil-rosin...
November 24, 2014
ICL Industrial Products (ICL IP; Tel Aviv, Israel), a segment of ICL ( says that it has successfully completed the chemical process start-up of a new manufacturing facility in Israel for the production of FR-122P, ICL IP’s new polymeric flame retardant. Samples from the full-scale production process have been dried at ICL IP’s pilot plant, found to meet required specifications...
November 21, 2014
The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) expanded again in October by 0.6%, matching its gain from September, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; Chemical output remained ahead of month-ago levels in all geographic regions, the ACC report...
November 19, 2014
Technology, engineering and project management company Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; will perform Project Management, Engineering, Procurement and...
November 17, 2014
Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; today announced that Huineng, a large-scale substitute natural gas (SNG) plant, went successfully on-stream near the city of Ordos, located in Inner Mongolia in the northern part of China. Topsøe has designed the methanation section of this plant, which is the company’s second large-scale coal-based industrial SNG reference to begin...
November 14, 2014
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; has been awarded a contract by BCL Ltd. for modernizing the nickel flash smelting furnace in Selebi Phikwe, Botswana. In addition, the parties have made a service level agreement for the...
November 13, 2014
Total Energy Ventures, the venture capital arm of Total S.A. (Paris, France;, is investing in Aquion Energy (Pittsburgh, Pa.;, a start-up specialized in energy storage technology. Aquion Energy develops and manufactures energy storage systems, especially for renewable energies such as solar and wind. Aquion’s patented Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHITM) battery technology...
November 13, 2014
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has signed a long-term contract to provide hydrogen to Repsol, one of the world’s largest producers of petrochemicals. The new steam methane reformer (SMR) will be...
November 10, 2014
The S&P Index for chemical companies fell in October, by 2.6%, while the wider S&P 500 index rose by 2.3%, according to the latest Weekly Chemistry and Economic Report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC...
November 9, 2014
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS; Yokohama Japan;,  received an order from Hidroelectrica del Cantabrico, S.A., the Spanish power producer of EDP (Energia de Portugal) group, for two sets of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) type DeNOx systems for installation at the company's Power Station Abono Unit 2 and Soto de Ribera Unit 3. These high-performance systems reduce emissions...
November 6, 2014
KBR Inc. (Houston; has been awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) for the debottlenecking and expansion of its Petrokemya Butadiene Extraction Plant in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Arabian Petrochemical Co. (Petrokemya), a...
November 4, 2014
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; says it will further expand liquid and gaseous nitrogen supply and storage at the company’s Kirtland, New Mexico, industrial gases...
November 4, 2014
Vertellus (Indianapolis, Ind.;, a leading producer of pyridine and pyridine derivative chemicals, today announced that it has purchased Pentagon Chemicals (Holdings) UK Ltd., a leading manufacturer of fine and specialty chemicals used in the life sciences industry. The acquisition significantly expands Vertellus’ manufacturing presence in the agrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors...
November 4, 2014
KBR Inc. (Houston; has signed an agreement with Chiyoda Corp. (Yokohama, Japan;, a leading engineering and construction firm in Japan, to license its CT-Acetica technology. Chiyoda developed the CT-Acetica process...
November 1, 2014
PLANT WATCH Kemira inaugurates its largest water-treatment chemicals plant October 9, 2014 — Kemira Oyj (Helsinki; has inaugurated its biggest manufacturing plant for water-treatment chemicals. Located in Dormagen, Germany, the facility will produce 14 different specifications of acidic and alkaline aluminum salts, says the company.   CB&I announces technology award in...
November 1, 2014
The preliminary value for the August CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI; the most recent available) rose 0.35% from the final July value, continuing a string of five consecutive monthly increases...
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