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December 11, 2013
Braskem America (Philadelphia, Pa.; and Genomatica (San Diego, Calif.; announced an agreement for the joint development of a commercial process technology to make bio-based butadiene from renewable feedstocks. Braskem is the world’s leading producer of biopolymers and the world’s third largest producer of butadiene.   Under the agreement, Braskem...
December 10, 2013
The plant engineering and construction company Uhde Inventa-Fischer (Domat/Ems, Switzerland; and Octal Petrochemicals, the largest PET resin manufacturer in the Middle East and the largest integrated PET sheet manufacturer in the world, successfully commissioned a polycondensation plant for the production of PET for bottle and packaging applications. The two production lines...
December 10, 2013
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; has been awarded a contract by JSC Gazprom Neft for front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for a new...
December 10, 2013
Renmatix, Inc. (King of Prussia, Pa.; and Virent, Inc. (Madison, Wis.; have announced a strategic collaboration to convert affordable cellulosic sugars to renewable...
December 10, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; has started up its new carbon dioxide (CO2) purification facility at the Honeywell Resins & Chemicals site in Hopewell, Va. Under a longterm agreement, Praxair will purchase CO2 from Honeywell Resins &...
December 10, 2013
Air Products (Allentown, Pa.; and Takamul Investment Company, a subsidiary of the Oman Oil Company, have announced that they have signed a joint venture agreement to establish an integrated industrial gases...
December 9, 2013
S.C. Poerner Romania S.r.l. (Bucharest), the Romanian subsidiary of the Pòˆrner Group (Vienna, Austia;, was awarded a contract by the Alexandria Mineral Oils Co. (AMOC) for the extension of the wax plate plant in Alexandria, Egypt. The scope of work comprises the planning and design of the turnkey plant extension as a whole, and...
December 9, 2013
Sonatrach (Algiers, Algeria; is nearing completion of a new paraxylene crystallization plant at its integrated refinery and petrochemical site in Skikda, Algeria, with startup scheduled during December of...
December 9, 2013
Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany; and LanzaTech (Roselle, Ill.; have signed a three-year research cooperation agreement which will see Evonik combining its existing...
December 9, 2013
BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has signed a contract to sell its Vinuran polyvinylchloride (PVC) modifier business to Kaneka Belgium N.V., a subsidiary of...
December 9, 2013
Brenntag AG (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany; has signed an agreement to acquire a part of the operational business of Kemira Water Denmark A/S registered in Copenhagen. Brenntag...
December 5, 2013
Amyris, Inc. (Emeryville, Calif.; and Total (Paris; announced today the formation of Total Amyris BioSolutions B.V., a 50-50 joint venture that now holds exclusive rights and a license under Amyris's intellectual property to produce and market renewable diesel and jet fuel from Amyris's renewable farnesene. Total is Amyris's largest investor, holding approximately 18% of its...
December 4, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; today announced the second expansion of its ethoxylation site at Clear Lake in Pasadena, Texas. Following the first expansion in 2012, now already fully utilized, the investment will provide the...
December 3, 2013
Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.; and Exterran Energy Solutions, L.P. (Exterran) are joining forces to reduce capital and operating costs, improve natural gas liquid product yields and enhance system flexibility for natural gas processors. The two companies have signed an exclusive agreement to develop modular natural gas processing units in North America. The modular units will feature...
December 3, 2013
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $1 billion by Ingleside Ethylene LLC, a joint venture between Occidental Chemical Corp., a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp., and...
December 3, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; says that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract for engineering, procurement and related services for a grassroots molybdenum refinery in Chile. The contract was awarded by MOLYB Ltda., an affiliate company of Codelco, the Chilean Copper...
December 3, 2013
Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany; will cease production at its Sines, Portugal facility by the end of 2013. This decision...
December 3, 2013
Effective January 1, 2014, Professor Rafiqul Gani from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) will take office as president of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE; for a two-year term. Gani succeeds the outgoing president, Professor Richard Darton, who has occupied the post since 2010. Speaking in Frankfurt, Germany, at the last meeting of EFCE officers for 2013...
December 3, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA; Washington, D.C.; has announced a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment on potential revisions to its Process Safety Management standard and related standards, as well as other policy options to prevent major chemical incidents. The request is in response to Executive Order 13650, which seeks to...
December 2, 2013
Bartec GmbH (Bad Mergentheim, Germany; has acquired Pixavi (Stavanger, Norway), a world leading supplier of mobile communication devices and wireless infrastructure for hazardous areas. The acquisition perfectly complements the Bartec product portfolio, which comprises explosion-proof components and systems, heating technology solutions, measurement and analysis technology as well as...
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