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Solvay to build large bicarbonate plant in Thailand, and more business news

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Plant Watch Novozymes and Beta Renewables open advanced biofuels facility in Italy October 9, 2013 — Novozymes (Copenhagen, Denmark; www.novozymes.com), a producer of industrial enzymes, and Beta Renewables, opened what is said to be the world’s largest advanced biofuels facility, located near Crescentino, Italy. The plant will be the world’s first to produce bioethanol from agricultural residues via enzymatic conversion at a commercial scale. This facility is designed to produce 75 million L/yr of bioethanol. Technip and Zachry awarded polyethylene project in the U.S. October 3, 2013 — Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) and Zachry Industrial (San Antonio, Tex.; www.zhi.com), in a partnership called Gulf Coast Partners, have been awarded a contract to design and build two polyethylene (PE) plants for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP in Old Ocean, Tex. The scope of work includes the design, supply and installation of two 500,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) PE plants, along with the related offsites, utilities and railyard. Detailed design has started and on-site mobilization will commence in the first half of 2014. Solvay to build large bicarbonate plant in Thailand September 30, 2013 — Solvay…
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