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Lanxess to expand caprolactam production in Antwerp

Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) is to expand its site in Antwerp with capital expenditures amounting to some 35-million euros. The plan is to raise the capacity of the caprolactam production plant in the port of Antwerp by 10% by…

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Repsol to expand petrochemical complex in Sines

Today, Repsol's (Madrid, Spain; www.repsolypf.com) CEO, Antonio Brufau, Portugal’s Prime Minister, and Minister of Economy José Socrates and Manuel Pinho, have announced the initiation of the Sines Petrochemical Complex expansion project. This important project is one of company's main worldwide…

Compressed air program cuts plant energy costs up to 40%    

Norgren Inc. (Chicago, Ill.) and Pneu-Logic Corp. (Portland, Org.) today announced a joint initiative to provide what they say is the chemical process industries' (CPI) first intelligent compressed air management program offering plant-wide analysis, realtime process control and pneumatic system…

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Outotec to deliver iron-ore sinter plant to India

Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has won an order from Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) for the design and delivery of an iron-ore sinter plant for SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant in Orissa. Outotec will implement the turnkey plant project…

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BASF makes offer to acquire Ciba

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) plans to acquire Ciba Holding AG (Basel, Switzerland), a leading specialty chemical company, and will make a public takeover offer to Ciba’s shareholders. BASF will pay CHF 50.00 in cash for each nominal share in…

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CB&I awarded contracts for world-scale petrochemical complex in India

CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cbi.com), through Lummus Technology, has been awarded contracts with an overall value in excess of $45 million by Essar Gujarat Petrochemicals Ltd. for technology licenses and basic engineering related to a major grassroots petrochemicals complex in…

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Solvay’s vinyls affiliate increases PVC production

Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) announces today that its Thai affiliate Vinythai has increased its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production capacity in its plant in Map Ta Phut (Thailand) by 70,000 metric tons (m.t.) to 280,000 m.t./yr, to accompany the growth…

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The Linde Group enters into JV with Sinopec subsidiary

The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; www.linde.com) has entered into a joint venture (JV) with Sinopec Fujian Petrochemical Company Ltd. (FPCL), a subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), for the long-term supply of industrial gases to customers in the…

Evonik Industries expands hydrogen peroxide production in South Africa

Evonik Industries is expanding the capacity of the hydrogen peroxide plant at its Umbogintwini site in South Africa. “In the first half of 2009, we expect a 50 percent capacity increase to 15,000 metric tons,” announced Thomas Rieche, head of…

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Evonik Industries to sell North American cyanide activities

Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) has signed a contract for the sale of its U.S. and Canadian cyanide activities with Oaktree Capital Management. The cyanide business constitutes a part of the CyPlus Group owned by Evonik. The parties have…