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Lake Charles steam cracker JV with Lotte on schedule for 2019 startup: Westlake

Platts.com, 21st Feb 2017

Westlake Chemical's ethane-based steam cracker project with South Korea's Lotte Chemical in Louisiana remains on target for a late 2018 completion, with startup expected in the first half of 2019, Westlake said Tuesday during an earnings call........... Read More



ExxonMobil Chemical says to start up Baytown steam cracker by H2 2017

 Platts.com, 31st Jan 2017 

ExxonMobil Chemical will complete expansions of its Baytown and Mont Belvieu, Texas, operations on schedule in the second half of 2017, a company spokesman said Tuesday during ExxonMobil's fourth-quarter 2016 earnings call........... Read More


LyondellBasell completes expansion work at Texas cracker: company

Platts.com, 19th Jan 2017

US olefins producer LyondellBasell has completed its 800 million lb/year (363,000 mt/year) ethylene expansion at the Corpus Christi, Texas, site, the company said Thursday............ Read More


Evonik's Marl and Antwerp butadiene units go offline this month

Platts.com, 9th Jan 2017 

Evonik's Marl butadiene unit in Germany and its Antwerp facility in Belgium are expected to go offline in January, sources said Friday............ Read More


Thai PTTGC to shut No. 2 aromatics complex over June-July

Platts.com, 20th Dec 2016

Thailand's PTT Global Chemical plans to shut its No. 2 aromatics complex at Rayong over June-July for maintenance, a source close to the company said Tuesday............ Read More


LyondellBasell encounters upset at VAM unit in La Porte, Texas

Platts.com, 14th Dec 2016 

LyondellBasell experienced a reactor trip at a vinyl acetate monomer unit in La Porte, Texas, the company said in a filing............ Read More


Polychim restarts production of polypropylene from France: source

Platts.com, 7th Dec 2016 

Supply of polypropylene from Polychim's plant in Dunkirk, France, has resumed, a company source said Wednesday............ Read More


LyondellBasell close to completing restart of expanded Texas cracker: sources

Platts.com, 2nd Dec 2016 

US olefins producer LyondellBasell is very close to completing the restart of its steam cracker in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a planned turnaround, sources said Friday............ Read More


Enterprise sees process upset at Texas propylene splitter: filing

Platts.com, 18th Nov 2016 

Enterprise Products Partners suffered a process upset Wednesday at the Splitter III propylene unit at its Mont Belvieu, Texas, natural gas liquids complex, the company said in a Thursday filing with state regulators............ Read More


Shell reiterates Pulau Bukom steam cracker will restart "in next few weeks"

Platts.com, 3rd Nov 2016

The status of Shell Chemical's steam cracker at Pulau Bukom has not changed and the cracker is expected to restart in the next few weeks, a company spokesman reiterated Thursday............ Read More


Indonesia's Chandra Asri shuts butadiene unit on technical issues

Platts.com, 26th Oct 2016 

Indonesia's Chandra Asri has shut its butadiene extraction unit at Cilegon, Banten province, late Sunday due to technical issues, a source close to the company said Wednesday............ Read More


Lengthy Ludwigshafen cracker shutdown would reduce NWE naphtha demand: trade

Platts.com, 18th Oct 2016 

The shutdown of BASF's two steam crackers at Ludwigshafen in Germany following a deadly explosion Monday could reduce naphtha demand in Northwest Europe if the crackers remain offline for more than just a few days, naphtha market participants said............ Read More


LyondellBasell lifts force majeure on PE from Texas, Illinois plants

Platts.com, 11th Oct 2016 

LyondellBasell on Tuesday lifted force majeure on polyethylene from its LaPorte, Texas, and Morris, Illinois, sites, the company said in a letter to customers obtained by S&P Global Platts............ Read More


Shell Singapore says will restart troubled steam cracker 'in next few weeks'

Platts.com, 5th Oct 2016 

Shell Singapore expects to restart its troubled steam cracker at Pulau Bukom "in the next few weeks," a company spokesperson said Wednesday............ Read More


Saudi Arabia's Petro Rabigh to startup phase 2 petrochemical units by Q2 2017

Platts.com, 29th Sep 2016

Saudi Arabia's Petro Rabigh will start up all the remaining units of its phase 2 project by the second quarter of 2017, the company said Thursday............. Read More


ExxonMobil experiences LLDPE hexene issue at Texas plant: letter

 Platts.com, 27th Sep 2016 

ExxonMobil Chemical is expecting limited availability for some polyethylene film grades and is likely to experience delivery delays due to operational issues at its Beaumont, Texas, plant, the company said in a letter to customers that was obtained by S&P Global Platts............. Read More



Indorama receives air permit for restart of Louisiana ethylene plant

Platts.com, 29th Aug 2016 

Indorama Ventures Olefins has received an air permit for the restart and repair of a dormant ethane cracker near Lake Charles, Louisiana, parent company Indorama Ventures said Monday............. Read More


Taiwan's Formosa HDPE unit to shut temporarily end Aug on ethylene shortage

Platts.com, 17th Aug 2016

Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical Corp.'s 320,000 mt/year high density polyethylene unit will shut for a few days at the end of August due to ethylene shortage while its No. 2 steam cracker goes through maintenance from July 29 to September 22, a company source said Wednesday............. Read More


Total restarts two more lines at Carville, Louisiana, PS facility: source

 Platts.com, 10th Aug 2016

Total Petrochemicals and Refining restarted two more lines at its Carville, Louisiana, polystyrene facility over the weekend and early this week after a shutdown in June, sources said Wednesday.............. Read More


Mexico's Braskem Idesa produces 83,538 mt of PE resin in Q2 at new complex

Platts.com, 4th August 2016 

Mexican petrochemical producer Braskem Idesa produced 83,538 mt of polyethylene resins during the second quarter at its new complex in Veracruz state, of which a combined 54,000 mt was sold in domestic and international markets, including pre-marketing sales, Braskem said Thursday.............. Read More


Singapore Jurong Aromatics' plant restarts, output likely within the week

Platts.com, 14th July 2016 

Singapore's Jurong Aromatics Corporation has started feeding feedstock into its plant system and is expecting output from the plant within this week, a source with JAC's receiver Borrelli Walsh said Thursday.............. Read More


Westlake to restart Louisiana cracker in upcoming week: sources

Platts.com, 8th July 2016 

US petrochemical producer Westlake Chemical is expecting to restart its Petro-1 steam cracker in Lake Charles, Louisiana, by mid-July, market sources with knowledge of operations said Friday.............. Read More


Force majeure remains on Total's French polymer plants: company source

Platts.com, 6th July 2016

Force majeure remains on all of Total's polymer plants in France and there have been no additional supply disruptions following a strike on Tuesday, a source from the company said Wednesday.............. Read More


Dow Bahia Blanca LDPE line expected to restart in December: sources

Platts.com, 28th June 2016

Dow's low density polyethylene plant in Argentina might resume operations in December, 13 months after an explosion shut the 90,000 mt/year capacity line in Bahia Blanca, sources in the Mercosur region said Tuesday.............. Read More


Flint Hills restarts Houston propane dehydrogenation plant: sources 

Platts.com, 13th June 2016 

US petrochemical producer Flint Hills Resources is restarting its propane dehydrogenation plant in Houston following a planned seven-day outage, market sources said Monday.............. Read More


Shell declares force majeure on butadiene out of Norco, Louisiana: sources

Platts.com, 5th June 2016 

Shell Chemicals has declared a force majeure on butadiene out of its Norco, Louisiana, petrochemicals facility following an outage, sources said Friday.............. Read More


Petrochemical plants in East China to curb output Aug-Sep ahead of G20 Summit 

Platts.com, 3rd June 2016 

The Chinese government has ordered petrochemical plants in Shanghai and Ningbo to curb production over August-September, ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit in Hangzhou to be held in September, the Environmental Protection Administration said.............. Read More


Mexico's Braskem-Idesa LDPE line start up delayed: source

Platts.com, 26th May 2016 

Mexico's Braskem-Idesa has delayed the startup of its third polyethylene line at the Etileno XXI petrochemical complex due to a lack of ethane supplies, a company source said Thursday.............. Read More


LyondellBasell declares force majeure on LLDPE from two US plants

Platts.com, 18th May 2016 

LyondellBasell has declared a force majeure on linear low density polyethylene following unexpected mechanical issues at plants in Texas and Illinois, according to a Wednesday letter to customers obtained by Platts.............. Read More


Mexico's Braskem-Idesa to start second HDPE line tonight, LDPE line in May

Platts.com, 29th April 2016

Mexico's Braskem-Idesa will begin operations Friday on its second high-density polyethylene line at the Etileno XXI petrochemical complex, and the low-density line will ramp up the second week of May, a company spokeswoman said Friday.............. Read More


Cracker shutdown due to explosion at Pajaritos petchems complex: source 

Platts.com, 11th April 2016 

A major explosion Wednesday at the vinyl chloride monomer plant in the Pajaritos petrochemicals complex in Mexico's southern Gulf state of Veracruz has caused Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo (PMV) to shut down its cracker there, a source with knowledge of business operations said Thursday.............. Read More


Enterprise Products Partners starts maintenance on Texas propylene splitter

Platts.com, 11th April 2016 

Enterprise Products Partners has begun a 14-day maintenance outage on a propylene splitter at its Mont Belvieu, Texas, facility, the company said............... Read More


Mexico's Etileno XXI polyethylene plant starts first output: Braskem-Idesa

Platts.com, 7th April 2016   

Braskem-Idesa has started producing polyethylene resins at its Etileno XXI complex in Veracruz state on Mexico's east coast, the company said in a statement late Wednesday................ Read More


Flint Hills shuts Texas steam cracker until April 5 for repairs: filing Mexico's Etileno XXI polyethylene plant starts first output: Braskem-Idesa

Platts.com, 29th March 2016 

Flint Hills Resources shut its Port Arthur, Texas, steam cracker after discovering a process leak, the company said in a filing with state regulators................ Read More


MEXICO'S ETILENO XXI TO BEGIN PRODUCING ETHYLENE SUNDAY, PE NEXT WEEK: SOURCE 

Platts.com, 24th March 2016Platts.com, 29th April 2016 

Mexico's Etileno XXI will begin producing on-spec ethylene on Sunday, Braskem-Idesa spokeswoman Yeraseth Bello said late Wednesday................ Read More


CHEVRON PHILLIPS SHUTS SWEENY NO. 24 STEAM CRACKER IN TEXAS: SOURCES

Platts.com, 17th March 2016 Platts.com, 29th April 2016

Chevron Phillips Chemical has shut Ethylene Unit No. 24 at its Sweeny olefins complex in Old Ocean, Texas, multiple market sources said Thursday................ Read More



US ETHYLENE SPIKES TO SIX-MONTH HIGH AMID USGC OUTAGE MURMURS

Platts.com, 8th March 2016 

US spot ethylene traded four times at 26 cents/lb, its highest since late August, following talk of an unplanned outage at a US Gulf Coast producer................ Read More


TWO ETHYLENE PRODUCERS DELAY PLANNED TURNAROUNDS IN TEXAS: SOURCES

Platts.com, 3rd March 2016 

Two ethylene producers -- INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA and Chevron Phillips Chemical -- are delaying planned outages in Texas, market sources said Thursday................ Read More


MEXICHEM SAYS JV ETHANE STEAM CRACKER IN TEXAS STILL ON TARGET FOR Q1 2017 STARTUP

Platts.com, 25th February 2016

Mexico's Mexichem expects its planned joint-venture ethane steam cracker in Ingleside, Texas, to come online as scheduled in the first quarter of 2017, the company said Thursday................ Read More


BRASKEM SAYS PE, PP PRODUCTION DIPS 4% IN Q4 ON PLANT STOPPAGE, DULL DEMAND

Platts.com, 18 February 2016
Braskem's polyolefins production in the fourth quarter of 2015 fell 4% compared with the previous quarter as a result of a plant shutdown and weaker demand, Brazil's largest petrochemical producer said Thursday................ Read More

MEXICO'S PEMEX TO SHUT CANGREJERA CRACKER ON FEB 15 FOR 14 DAYS: SOURCE
Platts.com, 8th February 2016
Mexico's state-owned Pemex plans to shut the steam cracker at its Cangrejera complex for maintenance on February 15, a source with knowledge of the company's operations said Monday................ Read More

DOW CHEMICAL BEGINS PLANNED MAINTENANCE ON ALBERTA POLYETHYLENE PLANT: NOTICE
Platts.com, 21st January 2016
Dow Chemical Canada is carrying out 24 hours of planned maintenance on its polyethylene plant in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, the company said Thursday............... Read More

INEOS DECLARES CHOCOLATE BAYOU CO-POLYMER POLYPROPYLENE FORCE MAJEURE
Platts.com, 15th January 2016
Ineos Olefins and Polymers USA has issued a force majeure declaration on co-polymer polypropylene supplies from its Chocolate Bayou chemical complex in Alvin, Texas, the company said in a letter to customers obtained by Platts Friday............... Read More

HUNTSMAN HAS NO USGC MTBE TURNAROUNDS PLANNED FOR 2016: COMPANY
Platts.com, 29th December 2015
Huntsman does not plan to have a turnaround at its MTBE facility in Port Neches, Texas, in 2016, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday............... Read More

Dow Chemical starts new propylene plant in Texas: company
Platts.com, 18th December 2015
US olefins producer Dow Chemical has completed start-up of its new propane dehydrogenation plant at its production complex in Freeport, Texas, the company said Friday................ Read More

Sadara starts up first Solution polyethylene plant in Mideast
tradearabia.com, 9th December 2015
Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), the world's largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase, has successfully started up its first production plant, moving on schedule from the construction to the operational phase................ Read More

LyondellBasell lifts polypropylene force majeure at Texas plant
Platts.com, 1st December 2015
LyondellBasell subsidiary Equistar Chemicals has ended a force majeure declaration on polypropylene produced by its Bayport Polymers facility in Pasadena, Texas, the company said in a letter to its customers Tuesday.............. Read More

BRASKEM'S ABC COMPLEX TO RESTART AS EARLY AS SUNDAY: SOURCES
Platts.com, 20th November 2015
Braskem could resume operations at its ABC Petrochemicals Complex in Sao Paulo state as early as Sunday for the first time since a fire halted production over a month ago, sources said Friday................ Read More

LYONDELLBASELL DECLARES FORCE MAJEURE ON LA PORTE VAM SUPPLIES: LETTER
Platts.com, 3rd November 2015
LyondellBasell issued a force majeure declaration on vinyl acetate monomer and glacial acetic acid supplies from its La Porte, Texas, facility after a turnaround revealed equipment issues, the company said in a letter to customers seen by Platts on Tuesday............... Read More

Total launches feed for second Port Arthur, Texas, cracker
Platts.com, 23rd September 2015
Total Petrochemicals & Refining has decided to begin front-end engineering and design work for a second integrated steam cracker at its Port Arthur, Texas, complex, the company said Wednesday............... Read More

Shell opens two new petrochemicals production units in Singapore
Chemicals technology.com, 18th September 2015
Shell has opened two new petrochemicals production units on Jurong Island in Singapore, increasing its chemicals footprint in Asia............... Read More

Asia set to lose 525,300 mt of SM supply in H2 due to turnarounds, doubling from H1
Platts.com, 31st August 2015
Asia and the Middle East will lose around 525,300 mt of styrene monomer supply in the second-half of this year with a total 23.8 million mt/year production capacity shut for maintenance during the period, according to Platts calculations based on information from market and company sources............. Read More

OxyChem suffers production upset at La Porte, Texas, vinyls plant: sources
Platts.com, 26th June 2015
US petrochemical producer OxyChem has suffered a production upset at its vinyls production facility in La Porte, Texas, market sources familiar with operations said Friday.............. Read More

ExxonMobil lifts Baton Rouge polyethylene allocations: sources
Platts.com, 24th June 2015
ExxonMobil Chemical has lifted its polyethylene allocation for grades produced at its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, plastics facilities, and market sources said Wednesday............. Read More

Dow restarts Louisiana ethylene plant: company source
Platts.com, 11th June 2015
Petrochemical producer Dow Chemical has resumed ethylene production at its Plaquemine, Louisiana, site, a company source with knowledge of operations said Thursday............... Read More

Ineos plans ethylene oxide turnarounds; European market tight: source
Platts.com, 2nd June 2015
Petrochemicals producer Ineos plans maintenance on its ethylene oxide units at Antwerp, Belgium, and Dorgmagen, Germany, between mid-June and July and the end of August to the beginning September, a company source told Platts............... Read More

Repsol declares force majeure on high density polyethylene supplies from Portugal's Sines
Platts.com, 29th May 2015
Spain's Repsol has declared force majeure on supplies of high density polyethylene from its Sines plant in Portugal, following technical problems, the company said Friday.................... Read More

BASF declares force majeure on European EO, MEG: spokesman
Platts.com, 20th May 2015
BASF on Tuesday declared force majeure on ethylene oxide and monoethylene glycol in Europe due to technical problems, a company spokesman told Platts in an email Wednesday................ Read More

Analysis: Slew of petrochemicals force majeures sour relations as buyers scramble for tons
Platts.com, 5th May 2015
A spate of force majeures in the polymer markets this year has boosted polymer prices and made record profits for those producers able to convert ethylene gas -- the main feedstock -- into polyethylene -- the main plastic................ Read More

Sahara Petrochemicals affiliate restarting plant
arabnews.com, 4th May 2015
An affiliate of Sahara Petrochemicals 2260.SE is working on restarting a petrochemical plant after scheduled maintenance, Sahara said......................... Read More

ASIA NAPHTHA-Japan's Idemitsu delays Chiba cracker maintenance
Reuters.com, 30th March 2015
Japanese oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co said on Monday it plans to shut the 414,000 tonnes per year (tpy) naphtha cracker at the Chiba plant from early April to early June for scheduled maintenance, delayed slightly from its earlier plan................... Read More

Saudi Spichem says production to begin at $800 mln plastics plant
Reuters.com, 30th March 2015
A unit of Saudi International Petrochemical Co (Sipchem) will start commercial operations at its ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and low-density polyethylene plant on Wednesday, Sipchem said................... Read More

European product cracks strengthen on refinery maintenance, weaker crude
Platts.com, 19th March 2015
European product crack spreads -- measuring the relative price of the product to the crude from which it is made -- have strengthened in March on a drop in crude prices supported by the start of refinery maintenance in the region, traders said this week...................... Read More

Total's French petchem complex in Feyzin to begin turnaround, no impact on refinery
Platts.com, 23rd February 2015
Total's French petrochemical complex in Feyzin will begin a planned, eight-week maintenance Tuesday, according to a company statement...................... Read More

Asian refiners to shut 5.6% of capacity in May
Platts.com, 16th February 2015
Asia's refiners will shut 5.6% of their crude distillation capacity, equivalent to 1.824 million b/d, in May, at the peak of the second-quarter maintenance season, according to Platts' estimates based on company statements and industry sources..................... Read More

BP PTA plant in South Carolina expected to start up at the end of Feb, early March: sources
Platts.com, 6th February 2015
Market participants expect BP's purified terephthalic acid plant in Cooper River, South Carolina, to restart at the end of the month or early March, a market source said Friday.................... Read More

Formosa Plastics restarting steam cracking unit in Point Comfort, Texas: filing
Platts.com, 20th January 2015US
petrochemicals producer Formosa Plastics is in the process of restarting its Olefins No 2 steam cracking unit at its complex in Point Comfort, Texas, the company said Tuesday................ Read More

Dow progresses with restart of Freeport, Texas, steam cracker: filing
Platts.com, 6th January 2015
Dow Chemical has begun the restart of light hydrocarbons unit No 8 in Freeport, Texas, the company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday............... Read More

Equistar shuts La Porte, Texas, LDPE


 
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