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October 9, 2014
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; today announced Chevron Lummus Global, a joint venture between CB&I and Chevron, has been awarded a contract in excess of $100 million by Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco). The scope of work includes the license of its LC-Fining and IsoCracking technologies and engineering...
October 8, 2014
Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; has officially opened a new production line to manufacture surface-treated fumed silica under the Aerosil brand name. The new line will be located at Evonik’s Rheinfelden, Germany site, which will boost their global production capacity for these products by 25%. Aerosil specialty silica grades enhance the properties of high-performance adhesives...
October 8, 2014
The Linde Group (Pullach, Germany; is set to build a new air-separation unit in the eastern German town of Eisenhüttenstadt, near Frankfurt an der Oder. Around EUR 85 million will be channelled into the plant, which will supply the ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt steelworks with oxygen and nitrogen. The two companies recently signed an agreement to this effect. The plant will also...
October 7, 2014
M+W Group (Stuttgart, Germany;, one of the world’s leading high-tech engineering and construction companies, has been awarded a major order from Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany; for its new pharmaceutical facility in China. The site, with around 40,000 m2, is located in the Nantong Economical Technological...
October 7, 2014
BASF India Ltd. today inaugurated its large-scale chemical production complex at Dahej in Gujarat, India. With a project cost of INR 1,000 crore (approximately €150 million), the site represents BASF’s single largest investment in India. The site was jointly inaugurated by Smt. Anandiben Patel, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat; Shri Saurabhbhai Patel, Hon’ble Minister for Finance...
October 7, 2014
Borealis AG (Vienna, Austria; plans to partner with Neste Oil and Veolia in a joint venture (JV) to modernize and operate the power plant in the Kilpilahti petrochemical cluster in Porvoo, Finland. Designed to meet demanding European emissions requirements, the power plant will supply Borealis’ integrated petrochemical complex in Porvoo with safe, reliable and sustainable...
October 6, 2014
Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; has been chosen as the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractor to design and implement the new biopropane production process at Neste Oil's Rotterdam refinery. Neste Oil and Neste Jacobs have together developed the new production process, which enables the separation of biopropane from the sidestream gases of the NEXBTL...
October 6, 2014
Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; has opened an Engineering Project Center for its North America operations, in Louisville, Ky.  The new facility provides project management and engineeering services for current and future capital projects, said Kenneth Golder, Clairant’s head of the North American Region department.   The Engineering Project Center, North America, is...
October 3, 2014
Shale-gas-driven investment in the U.S. by chemical companies continues to expand, according to records maintained by the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; The current list of chemistry industry projects totals 208, up from 188 in July. The cumulative...
October 2, 2014
In addition to its production capacity of about 10,000 metric tons/year (m.t./yr) out of the Cassano, Italy Biosuccinium plant, Reverdia (Geleen, the Netherlands; has announced at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology (EFIB) that it is now licensing Biosuccinium.  This is a clear advantage for companies who...
October 2, 2014
The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; has signed a definitive agreement with ExxonMobil Chemical Co. (Houston; regarding an ownership restructure of Univation Technologies, LLC. Currently a 50/50 joint venture (JV), Univation Technologies is the licensor of Unipol Polyethylene (PE) Process Technology and the leader in the development...
October 2, 2014
Geneva, October 2, 2014 – The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD; Geneva, Switzerland; has published a new guide designed to help chemical industry customers and stakeholders make more informed, sustainable choices. Entitled Life Cycle Metrics for Chemical Products, the guidance document is the result of a collaboration between leading chemical companies that are...
October 2, 2014
Parker Hannifin Corp. (Cleveland, Ohio;, a global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced the formal opening of its world-class Polymer Innovation Center at the Parflex Division in Ravenna, Ohio. The Parflex Division designs and manufactures thermoplastic and fluoropolymer hose, tubing and accessories that provides unique solutions for application market segments such as...
October 1, 2014
Nippon Shokubai Co. (Osaka, Japan; has decided to build a new production plant for superabsorbent polymers (SAP) at its existing Himeji plant site. The new plant will have an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tons per...
October 1, 2014
ABB’s (Zurich, Switzerland; Measurement Products business announced that its laboratory in Germany has received accreditation for independent testing and calibration of gas analyzers. Accreditation was awarded by the German Accreditation Service (DAkkS) in Berlin/Braunschweig. The laboratory in Frankfurt Praunheim has the capability to check analyzers of all manufacturers for compliance...
October 1, 2014
Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland; has announced that it has entered into license agreements for its Innovene S and Innovene G polyethylene technologies to be used by the proposed Ascent (Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise) petrochemical complex currently being evaluated by Odebrecht and...
September 30, 2014
Hexcel Corp. (Stamford, Conn.; has announced that it will expand its carbon fiber production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fiber lines in Roussillon, France. The $250-million investment will also include the associated quality control laboratories and offices. The new facility is part of Hexcel’s ongoing worldwide investment to create a...
September 30, 2014
Velocys plc (Plain City, Ohio; has raised £52 ($85) million (excluding expenses) for its work in the area of smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL). The funds were raised through an oversubscribed equity placing, priced at a slight premium to the market price. The new funds will be used to build upon the...$85-million-funding-for-small-scale-GTL-projects_12260.html
September 30, 2014
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; says that its joint venture (JV) with AMEC and Balfour Beatty has been selected by Sellafield Ltd. to deliver its Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) project in West Cumbria, U.K. Sellafield officials noted that the potential value range of the framework agreement is between $380 million (£240 million) and $540 million (£336...
September 29, 2014
After having worked together for years across the globe, GEA Process Engineering (Søborg, Denmark; announces the acquisition of Scan-Vibro A/S from Svendborg in Denmark. The acquisition is a perfect match and the plan is to further grow and develop the company and its business using the synergies achievable through being a part of the GEA organization. Scan-Vibro has been a long-time...
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