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October 24, 2013
WorleyParsons Ltd. (North Sydney, Australia; announces the recent award of an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract by Invista for the development of a new...
October 24, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.; is finalizing a rule that will allow the agency to restrict imports of potentially harmful perfluorinated chemicals that could be used in carpets. The regulation will require companies to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic and imported products, of these chemicals once used for soil and stain resistance in carpets...
October 24, 2013
Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (Columbus, Ohio; has announced that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Limited (Kanoria) to form a joint venture (JV) that would construct a new phenolic...
October 23, 2013
Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.; has been selected as the Engineer of Record for the Marine Works and Desalination components on the $3.43 billion Escondida Water Supply (EWS) project in...
October 22, 2013
The partial shutdown of the federal government earlier this month didn’t take the steam out of the U.S. economy, according to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC; Washington, D.C.; monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) released today. The CAB is a leading economic indicator, shown to lead U.S. business cycles by an average of eight months at cycle peaks, and...
October 22, 2013
Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. (Woodridge, Ill.;, a high-growth specialty chemicals company, announced that it has authorized the next significant stage of its second world-scale biorefinery in Natchez, Miss., in order to expand production of its Inherent-brand renewable building blocks in 2016. The decision is based on the...
October 22, 2013
Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, Tenn.;, in conjunction with Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies Limited (JM Davy), has developed advanced proprietary technology for the production of ethylene glycol from synthesis gas-based...
October 22, 2013
Albemarle Corporation (Baton Rouge, La.;, a developer and manufacturer of antioxidants for the polymers, fuel and lube industries, has announced that it...
October 21, 2013
Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan; has established Teijin Corporation (Thailand) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary that will produce and sell newly developed meta-aramid fiber starting in July 2015. Production will be handled at a new facility to be constructed on the premises of Teijin (Thailand) Ltd. in Ayutthaya Province beginning this December. The company also will handle...
October 21, 2013
Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany; started up a new plant for manufacturing biodiesel-production catalysts in Argentina. With a capacity of over 60,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr), the new production plant will supply ready-to-use...
October 21, 2013
Foster Wheeler AG (Zug, Switzerland; says that subsidiaries of its Global Engineering and Construction Group have been awarded contracts for the front-end engineering design (FEED) for Saudi Aramco’s Khurais Arabian Light Crude Increment Program in Saudi Arabia. The Foster Wheeler contract value was not...
October 21, 2013
Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR; Cologne, Germany; have started operating a receiver test facility on the tower of the solar power plant in Jülich. In a solar power plant, solar radiation is converted into heat in the receiver. The test facility is located on a research level integrated in the tower beneath the main receiver. A new generation of solar receivers, developed...
October 19, 2013
Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; and Quangang Petroleum and Chemical Industry Park Management have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the fields of technology introduction...
October 19, 2013
White Martins, the Brazil-based subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.;, has started up a new 800-ton/d air-separation unit (ASU) in the state of Minas Gerais, located in southeastern Brazil. Under a long-term contract, Praxair’s new plant will supply industrial gases to...
October 18, 2013
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; has been awarded a contract by GS Caltex Corporation for the license, basic engineering and catalyst supply for a new para-xylene unit to be built in...
October 18, 2013
UOP LLC (UOP; Des Plaines, Ill.;, a Honeywell company, and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (EMRE; Fairfax, Va.) have finalized a technology licensing agreement with a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft under Honeywell’s UOP and EMRE’s joint marketing alliance. The new technology will enable Gazprom to improve its production of refined distillates at its subsidiary, the Moscow Oil...
October 16, 2013
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.;, and its subsidiary Air Products Canada Ltd., today announced plans to build, own and operate a new world-scale hydrogen production plant adjacent to Shell Canada’s Scotford facility located northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Air Products facility will produce over 150 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of hydrogen and will be...
October 16, 2013
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; says that its ICA Fluor industrial engineering-construction joint venture (JV) with Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: ICA) signed a contract with Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo (PMV), a JV between Mexichem, the...
October 16, 2013
Technip (Paris, France; was awarded a contract by Sasol to supply its proprietary ethylene technology and front-end...
October 15, 2013
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; has signed an agreement to divest its Detergents & Intermediates business to International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG; Luxembourg; The total consideration of the sale amounts to CHF 58 million, out of which 20 million will be in cash at closing. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. “Having successfully...
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