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Plant Watch Total and Sonatrach begin engineering studies for joint petrochemicals project May 11, 2018 — Total S.A. (Paris, France; www.total.com) and Sonatrach (Algiers, Algeria; www.sonatrach.com) will launch engineering studies for a petrochemical project in Arzew, Algeria. The project includes a propane dehydrogenation unit and a polypropylene production unit with a capacity of 550,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr). The project represents an investment of around $1.4 billion by the two partners, who are planning to start front-end engineering and design (FEED) this summer.   Eastman plans copolyester capacity expansion May 10, 2018 — Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.; www.eastman.com) intends to expand production capacity for copolyester products at its Kingsport, Tenn. manufacturing site. The expansion is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2018 and will increase polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) and polycyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate glycol (PCTG) capacities by approximately 25%.   Showa Denko completes NPAC capacity expansion May 8, 2018 — Showa Denko (SDK; Tokyo; www.sdk.co.jp) has completed a production expansion for n-propyl acetate (NPAC) at its Oita Complex. In 2016,…
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