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August 19, 2008
Following clearance from the European Commission on August 1, 2008, Ineos Nitriles has successfully completed its agreement to purchase the Seal Sands site on Teesside...
August 14, 2008
Specialty chemicals company Lanxess AG plans to move its headquarters from Leverkusen to Cologne (both Germany). Relocation is to be completed by 2011. Lanxess will now begin discussions with the city of Cologne to identify possible sites. “Lanxess is today a well-positioned and globally successful enterprise. If we are to continue efficiently steering and supporting our growth course in the future...
June 17, 2008
Lukoil Neftochim Burgas AD, a subsidiary of the Russian oil major Lukoil (Moscow;, has selected Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France;  to design and license technologies to convert Urals blend vacuum residue and gasoil (VGO) at its 165,000-bbl/d petroleum refinery in Burgas, Bulgaria. The heavy-ends upgrader combines a 47,000 bbl/d (2.5 million m.t./yr) H-Oil...
June 16, 2008
Larox Corp. (Lappeenranta, Finland; will deliver two gas-tight Pannevis vacuum belt filters to Chempolis Biorefining Park, CBP, 3rd generation biorefining research and demonstration plant...
June 16, 2008
Alstom (Paris, France; signed with Dutch utility Essent a series of contracts worth up to 1-billion euro for the repowering of Claus B and the construction of Claus C, resulting in a 1,280 MW GT26-based combined-cycle (CC) power plant. These contracts also include a long-term operation support and maintenance agreement. The Claus power plant is located in Maasbracht, south east of the...
June 15, 2008
In Poorly Lubricated Conditions, Try this Diamond Seal... Over 50% of pump lifecycle costs result from energy and maintenance; and applying the low-wear and low-friction attributes of diamond to mechanical seals can yield significant energy savings for fluid pumps. Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) seals provide the benefits of diamond at expenses comparable to silicon-carbide (SiC) face seals. In tests...
June 12, 2008
Lurgi GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany;, and EuroChem (Moscow), have signed two contracts with a total value of 92.7 million euros for the design and supply of a melamine plant. The melamine unit, which will be the first of its kind in Russia, has a capacity of 50,000 m.t./yr. It will be built within the framework...
June 9, 2008
Alfa Laval (Lund, Sweden; has received an order for the Packinox plate heat exchanger from a petrochemical company in China. The order value is about SEK 60 million, and delivery...
June 6, 2008
After commissioning a new wafer production facility at the so-called “Jena Site 2” in mid-April, Wacker Schott  Solar GmbH (Jena, Germany; is continuing its production-site expansion. The company announced this today during a visit by Jena mayor Albrecht Schröter. The expansion measures focus on...
June 5, 2008
La Seda de Barcelona (LSB; Spain; has awarded the project of environmental services for the industrial plant Artenius Sines, a subsidiary of the Spanish multinational located in Portuguese city of Sines, to the French company Veolia Environnement ( The agreement specifies the provision of services for a period of 15 years. Veolia Environnement, the global leader in...
June 5, 2008
S-Oil Corp. (Seoul, Korea; has selected Axens’ (Rueil-Malmaison, France; ParamaX Technology Suite for the No.2 Aromatics complex at the Onsan refinery in South Korea. The new 1,180,000-m.t./yr plant will add capacities of 900,000 m.t./yr paraxylene and 280,000 m.t./yr benzene. Plant start-up...
June 4, 2008
Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH (CAC; Germany; draws on its longstanding collaboration with Rohöl-Aufsuchungs AG (RAG; Vienna, Austria) and lands two new contracts for erecting underground storage facilities for natural gas. The one contract envisages the expansion of the existing Haidach underground storage facility, which was erected for RAG and successfully commissioned in July of...
June 3, 2008
Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France has been awarded a design package for the new, 400,000 bbl/d, world class, full-conversion refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The refining and petrochemical complex is scheduled to start-up in 2012. Among the units that are being designed by Axens and its Alliance partners are a 32,000 bbl/d vacuum gas oil fluid-catalytic cracker (VGO FCC) and a ParamaX...
June 2, 2008
Dr. Utz Tillmann is now director general of the German Chemical Industry Assn. (VCI; Frankfurt, Germany; He is starting in his new role on June 1. Tillmann has an industry background, combined with wide experience in association work in Brussels and Frankfurt. Now at VCI, Tillmann wants to help strengthen the position of the German chemical industry as one of the mainstays of growth and...
June 2, 2008
Lurgi Zimmer GmbH, a company of Lurgi GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany;, has been awarded a contract to supply its state-of-the-art polyamide 6 (PA6) technology for Tianjin Haijing Polymerization Co., Ltd., P.R...
June 1, 2008
Ekato Fluid Misch- ind Dispergiertechnik GmbH (Lörrach, Germany;, a company of the Ekato Group (Schopfheim...
May 31, 2008
After opening its new offices last autumn in the United States, the Pieralisi Group (Jesi, Italy; has added another new piece to its worldwide jigsaw by inaugurating a commercial branch office in Tunisia. The Pieralisi North America offices, based in West Chester, Ohio, is the logical outcome of many years of operations in the U.S. and Canada. Over...
May 29, 2008
After a production period of only 18 months, Siemens Energy (Erlangen, Germany; is to deliver the first two of five coal gasifiers to Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co. Ltd. (SNCG) in China. The coal gasifiers, each with a thermal capacity of 500 MW, are destined for the Ningxia coal-to-polypropylene (NCPP) plant in Ningxia Province in northwest China. After...
May 28, 2008
AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals (Amersfoort, Netherlands; is relocating the headquarters of its chelates business from the Netherlands to China. The move has been prompted by the growing importance of the Asian market. “It is extremely important for us to be in close proximity to our customers in China and the Asia Pacific region,” explains Functional Chemicals general manager...
May 28, 2008
BASF S.E. (Ludwigshafen, Germany; is planning to construct a production plant for sodium methylate in Guaratinguet‡, Brazil, its largest site in South America. The plant, which will have a capacity of 60,000 m.t./yr, will be the first such plant for this product in South...
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