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May 22, 2008
Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; and Rockwood Holdings Inc. (Princeton, N.J.; have agreed to form a joint venture (JV) that includes both parties’ titanium dioxide businesses and the functional additives business owned by Rockwood. The transaction values Kemira’s TiO2 business in excess of 250 million euros and will result in a small capital gain for Kemira. In...
May 21, 2008
Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH (CAC; Germany; has been awarded a new contract for the planning and construction of a membrane electrolysis plant by the Russian large-scale enterprise “Soda-Chlorat Ltd.”, Berezniki/Perm region. This...
May 19, 2008
Drax Group plc (, a power generation business, and Alstom (Paris, France;, a global leader in power generation technology, have today announced the signing of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, of some £50 million, between Drax Power Ltd. (Drax; and Alstom Power Ltd. to build the main processing works associated...
May 19, 2008
A contract for the supply of Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; process technology and catalysts for two ammonia plants has been signed with the Algeria Oman Fertilizer Co. (El Djazairia El Omania Lil Asmida SPA) — a joint venture between the Suhail Bahwan Group Holding LLC of Oman and Sonatrach, an Algerian...
May 15, 2008
A Pump Intended for Non-API Processes The Sunflo P-2500 high-pressure centrifugal pump features distinctions from previous models in the P-2000 Series including: upgraded seal-housing drain cavities, enhanced seal design, numerous seal flush plans, labyrinth gearbox seal, and heavy duty bearings with more than 25,000 h of L10 life. However, the device also uses the same proven hydraulics with capacities to...
May 15, 2008
Researchers at Oxford Catalysts Ltd. (Oxford, U.K.; have shown that the method of preparation — rather than the identity or combination of metals used — has the greatest influence on the performance of hydrodesulfurization (HDS) catalysts. The results of laboratory trials, presented at the annual ACS meeting last month (New Orleans, La.; April...
May 15, 2008
BP (London; and ConocoPhillips (Houston, Tex.; have combined resources to start Denali — the Alaska Gas Pipeline. The pipeline will move approximately 4 billion ft 3 /d of natural gas to markets, and is said to...
May 15, 2008
ACHEMA 2009 (; Frankfurt, Germany; May 11–15, 2009) is underlining its commitment to supporting research and innovation worldwide by offering universities free exhibition booths within the event’s Research and Innovation area. This enables universities to exhibit their research skills and capabilities to 180,000 visitors from 100 countries. The leading international event for...
May 15, 2008
CLC bio (Aarhus, Denmark; and partners from Danish research institutions and crop-enhancing firms have started a project to develop potatoes into a...
May 15, 2008
Small-scale chemical producers that use chlorine often rely on larger producers, which sell them the excess Cl2 produced by dedicated chlor-alkali plants. However, such Cl2 supplies are being threatened on a number of fronts, at least in Europe, where new legislation forbidding the import or export of mercury (after 2010) could force older Hg-based chlor-alkali plants to convert to membrane technology or...
May 15, 2008
This month, the newly released Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) was demonstrated at Shell Global Solutions (Amsterdam, Netherlands) — one of several demonstrations planned by the Fieldbus Foundation (FF; Austin, Tex....
May 15, 2008
Last month, Henkel KgaA (Düsseldorf, Germany; introduced a new conversion coating process called TecTalis, which replaces zinc...
May 15, 2008
IQTex (Hamburg; Germany; has developed a ventilation element — integrated into the soles of shoes — that functions like a flower, which closes up in the rain and...
May 15, 2008
At last month’s CosmoProf exhibition (April 10 – 14; Bologna, Italy), VMI-Rayneri (Montaigu, France; introduced a new vacuum-injection process for dispersing powder-like solids into liquids or pastes during the production of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food or other chemical products. Normally, homogeneous dispersions are prepared by either circulation within the...
May 15, 2008
Carbone Lorraine (CL; Paris, France; is launching a new welded-plate heat exchanger, dubbed Heatex, which features plates made of tantalum CL-Clad. The patented CL-Clad technology involves the brazing of steel onto "reactive" metals, such as tantalum, titanium and zirconium, in order to fabricate columns, reactors and (now) heat exchangers used in corrosive service. Such...
May 15, 2008
The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and Total (Paris, France; have both confirmed their decision to invest in a 400,000 bbl/d world-class, full-conversion refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The refinery will process Arabian Heavy crude to high–quality refined products that will meet the most stringent global product specifications and...
May 14, 2008
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; announces today that its subsidiary Solvay Chemicals, Inc. is expanding its portfolio with a new product named SOLVAir Select 300, which is designed for air-pollution control applications, in particular, the treatment of sulfur dioxide (SO2) in fluegas. The Group is planning total investments...
May 14, 2008
BASF S.E. (Ludwigshafen, Germany; has started operating a new plant for the production of nitric acid at its Antwerp Verbund site. Nitric acid is one of the most important inorganic intermediates, and the plant's output will be used mainly to manufacture polyurethane. The facility has a production capacity of 500,000 m.t./yr —  one of the world's...
May 13, 2008
Hägglunds Drives AB (Mellansel, Sweden; has signed an agreement to acquire the operations of the U.S. company Rineer Hydraulics Inc. for approx. $23 million. The acquisition will strengthen Hägglunds Drives’ product offering and position on the North...
May 13, 2008
Foster Wheeler Ltd. (Hamilton, Bermuda; announced today that its Finnish subsidiary Foster Wheeler Energia Oy, part of its Global Power Group, has been awarded a contract by NSE Biofuels Oy Ltd. for a circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) biomass gasifier to be located in Varkaus, Finland. NSE Biofuels Oy Ltd. is a joint venture (JV) owned 50/50 by Stora Enso Oyj and Neste Oil Corp...
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