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November 14, 2014
Starting in 2015, The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; plans to expand capacity and enhance production technologies and equipment at its four polyethylene (PE) production units located in Bahia Blanca, Argentina: Low-density (LDPE), Slurry, Gas-phase, and Solution...
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 12, 2014
Wison Engineering Services Co. (Shanghai, China;, one of the leading chemical engineering, procurement and construction management (EPC) service providers in China, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Wison Engineering Ltd., has continued to make headway in proprietary technology transfer in methanol-to-olefins (MTO) separation technology and strengthen its EPC services in the...
November 12, 2014
AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; has announced its participation in a major Dutch partnership working with Enerkem (Montreal, Canada; to explore the use of waste streams as a feedstock for chemical production and the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities. The collaboration features a number of industry and semi-governmental partners looking to benefit from...
November 11, 2014
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium;  has opened a new facility in Bad Wimpfen, Germany to produce the synthetic building block 4-ethoxy-1,1,1-trifluoro-3-butene-2-one (ETFBO), expanding its range of fluorinated organic intermediates. ETFBO is a building block that boosts the efficiency of active ingredient molecules...
November 11, 2014
CB&I (The Woodlands, Rex.; has announced that it has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $40 million by Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing LLC. The project scope includes the...
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 10, 2014
Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (Columbus, Ohio; has announced the latest expansion of its Forest Products business through the construction of two new formaldehyde plants in Lousiana, in Geismar and Luling, respectively.   The company plans to invest approximately $66 million in the construction of these new, world-scale formaldehyde plants primarily in 2014 and 2015, with...
November 10, 2014
Toyo Engineering Corp. (Toyo; Chiba, has been awarded a contract to commercialize an energy-saving distillation system, called SuperHIDiC, which was patented in 2011. The contract is for a distillation column in a methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) production plant to be...
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
Comsol, Inc. (Burlington, Mass.; says it redefines the engineering simulation market with the release of COMSOL Multiphysics software version 5.0, featuring extensive product updates, three new add-on products, and the new and revolutionary Application Builder. With the Application Builder, the power and accuracy of COMSOL Multiphysics is now accessible to everyone through the use of...
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 5, 2014
Solazyme, Inc. (South San Francisco, Calif.; and Versalis, the chemical subsidiary of Eni s.p.A. (Milan, Italy; have announced a partnership to expand the commercial use of Encapso, what is said to be the world’s first commercially-available, biodegradable encapsulated lubricant for drilling fluids.   “As a leading chemical company with a demonstrated...
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
AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; has started operations at its new powder coatings plant in Dubai. The facility will significantly increase capacity for the company's Interpon and Resicoat products.   The state-of-the art site is...
November 4, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (The Woodlands, Tex.; has announced a study to expand its low-viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) capacity by 10,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant in Baytown, Texas. Currently, its low viscosity PAO capacity at its Cedar Bayou plant is 48,000 m.t./yr.   Additionally, the company has filed the necessary environmental...
November 4, 2014
Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (Waterford, N.Y.; has commissioned two new expansions at its Rayong, Thailand manufacturing facility to serve the growing Asian market demand for specialty chemicals. Commissioning took place as part of part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Rayong...
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 3, 2014
Technip (Paris, France; was awarded by Sasol Ltd. (Johannesburg, South Africa; a contract to provide engineering and procurement for eight proprietary Ultra Selective...
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