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Business News: July 2021

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Huntsman to increase ethylene carbonate production capacity June 14, 2021 — The Performance Products division of Huntsman Corp. (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.huntsman.com) is planning to significantly increase existing production capacity for ethylene carbonate at its Conroe, Texas facility by mid-2023. Ethylene carbonate is a component of lithium-ion batteries.   LyondellBasell announces startup of Ulsan PP production facility June 10, 2021 — LyondellBasell Industries, N.V. (Rotterdam, the Netherlands; www.lyondellbasell.com) announced the startup of Ulsan PP Co.’s polypropylene (PP) production facility. The facility, located in Ulsan, South Korea, is designed to produce 400,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of PP. Ulsan PP Co. is a joint venture (JV) between PolyMirae Co. (a 50-50 partnership of LyondellBasell and DL Chemical) and SK Advanced.   Air Products to build world-scale ‘blue-hydrogen’ plant in Edmonton, Canada June 9, 2021 — Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; www.airproducts.com) plans to build a $1-billion “blue” hydrogen production and liquefaction facility in Edmonton, Alta., Canada. The new complex is expected to come onstream in 2024 and is envisioned to reach over 1,500 m.t./d…
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