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Dow plans to shut down its ethylene oxide and glycol plant in the U.K…and more

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Dow plans to shut down its ethylene oxide and glycol plant in the U.K… July 08, 2009 — The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.) has announced its intention to close its ethylene oxide and glycol (EOEG) production facility at Wilton, U.K. by the end of January 2010. Several factors contribute to the decision, including the site’s disadvantaged input costs. In addition, demand and profit margins for the site’s outputs, particularly monoethylene glycol (MEG), began to soften in early 2008. … and increases PP catalyst capacity in Louisiana… July 7, 2009 — Dow Basic Plastics Licensing and Catalyst has increased capacity at its SHAC Catalyst plant in Norco, La. by 20%. SHAC catalysts are used in polypropylene (PP) production and are the preferred catalyst for licensees of the UNIPOL Technology. Borouge is expanding polyolefins production July 6, 2009 — Borouge, a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.), and Borealis (Vienna, Austria), is expanding its production capacity of polyolefins in Abu Dhabi to 4.5 million metric tons per year (m.t./yr) by the end of 2013. Borouge has awarded the three main contracts for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) stage…
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