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Chevron Phillips restarting cracker at Sweeny complex: filing

Platts.com, 20th Nov 2017 

Chevron Phillips Chemical has begun a restart of the last remaining offline cracker at the Sweeny site after shutting it as Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Texas coast in late August, a filing with state regulators showed Monday..Read More


Shell begins building new petrochemical complex in Pennsylvania

Platts.com, 8th Nov 2017  

Shell Chemical has begun construction on a new $6 billion petrochemical complex in western Pennsylvania, the company said Wednesday, that will be the first fueled by the cheap US natural gas boom to come online in the US Northeast rather than the chemical-heavy Texas and Louisiana coasts..Read More

CP Chem begins restarting Cedar Bayou polyethylene unit: filin

Platts.com, 1st Nov 2017 

Chevron Phillips Chemical on Wednesday began restarting a polyethylene unit at its Cedar Bayou complex in Baytown, Texas, that has been offline since Hurricane Harvey made landfall, according to a filing with state regulators.Read More

ExxonMobil begins export of Mont Belvieu, Texas produced polyethylene

Platts.com, 25th Oct 2017 

Linear low density polyethylene produced at ExxonMobil's Mont Belvieu, Texas, plant has been heard heading into the European market, according to multiple industry sources.Read More

Ineos running at 50% at 545,000 mt/year ACN Texas plant

Platts.com, 11th Oct 2017 

Ineos Nitriles is currently running two reactors at its 545,000 mt/year Green Lake plant in Texas, a company source said late Tuesday.Read More


Mexichem's Colombia PVC force majeure may last to mid-October: sources

Platts.com, 4th Oct 2017 

Polyvinyl chloride volumes from Mexichem Resinas Colombia are likely to remain limited and a force majeure could remain in place until mid-October when operations should return to normal, market sources said Wednesday.Read More


Lotte Chemical Indonesia to startup new steam cracker in 2023

Platts.com, 26th Sep 2017 

Lotte Chemical Indonesia plans to build a naphtha-fed steam cracker at Cilegon in Indonesia, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. The company expected to start up the new cracker in 2023, they added Read More


CP Chem post-Harvey inspections continue, no timeline for restart

Platts.com, 14th Sep 2017 Platts.com, 26th Sep 2017
Chevron Phillips Chemical's Cedar Bayou petrochemical complex remained offline on Thursday as post-Harvey infrastructure assessments continued, a spokeswoman said Read More

Petrochemicals Factbox: Plants planning restarts post-Harvey
Platts.com, 6th Sep 2017
ExxonMobil on Tuesday was working to restart polyethylene plants in Beaumont and Mont Belvieu, Texas, more than a week after Hurricane Harvey's assault on the Houston area and far southeast Texas Read More

Sasol Louisiana chemicals complex on track for H2 2018 startup
Platts.com, 22nd Aug 2017
Sasol's Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP) in Westlake, Louisiana, is on track for a phased startup beginning in second half of 2018, with overall completion at 74% and construction at 42%, the company said in a presentation of its second quarter earnings. Read More

Styrolution plans styrene catalyst change in Antwerp in Q3: industry sources
Platts.com, 15th Aug 2017
ExxonMobil on Tuesday was working to restart polyethylene plants in Beaumont and Mont Belvieu, Texas, more than a week after Hurricane Harvey's assault on the Houston area and far southeast Texas. Styrenics major Styrolution is expected to conduct maintenance works at one of its lines in Antwerp, Belgium, in the third quarter of this year, according to industry sources Read More

Indorama on track for Q4 restart of Louisiana ethylene plant
Platts.com, 9th Aug 2017 Platts.com, 15th Aug 2017
Indorama Ventures is on track for a fourth-quarter restart of a dormant ethane cracker near Lake Charles, Louisiana, the company said in an earnings release Wednesday Read More

GS Caltex shuts CCR after transformer fire early Wed: market sources
Platts.com, 1st Aug 2017
A fire broke out at a motor control center transformer at South Korean producer GS Caltex's refinery and petrochemical complex at Yeosu early Wednesday morning, market sources said. Read More

Formosa Plastics says PE, PP force majeure from Point Comfort to run through July
Platts.com, 18th July 2017
Formosa Plastics' force majeure and sales control on its polyethylene and polypropylene from its Point Comfort, Texas, complex will last through the end of July, the company has told its customers. Read More

Dow starts maintenance at Freeport, Texas, terminal: TCEQ filing
Platts.com, 10th July 2017
US olefins producer Dow Chemical started maintenance Monday on a pipeline at its site in Freeport, Texas, the company said in a regulatory filing Read More

Ellba declares force majeure on supplies to Shell Chemicals Europe
Platts.com, 4th July 2017
Ellba has declared force majeure on supplies to Shell Chemicals Europe, Shell said Tuesday. Read More

Formosa Plastics to restart Texas units over long holiday weekend: sources
Platts.com, 27th June 2017
Formosa Plastics expects to restart multiple units at its Point Comfort, Texas, complex over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend following an unplanned outage, sources said Tuesday. Read More

Weekend power outage causes shutdown of Formosa Plastics USA units: TCEQ
Platts.com, 26th June 2017
A weekend power outage at Formosa Plastics USA's Point Comfort, Texas, facility resulted in the unplanned shutdown of multiple units, according to filings with state regulators. Read More

BASF begins preparations for a second time for Pasadena 2-EH unit startup
Platts.com, 12th June 2017
BASF began preparations for a second time Monday for the startup of its 2-ethylhexanol unit in Pasadena, Texas, the company said. Read More

DuPont's Orange, Texas, steam cracker flaring amid startup: filing
Platts.com, 16th May 2017 Platts.com, 12th June 2017
DuPont will be flaring as it begins startup activities at its steam cracker in Orange, Texas, according to a filing late Monday by the company on a community hotline. Read More

Petronas updates RAPID progress, eyes refinery startup in Q1 2019
Platts.com, 3rd May 2017
Petronas said Tuesday that it plans to start up the refinery and steam cracker at the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development, or RAPID, its joint venture with Saudi Aramco in Johor, Malaysia, in Q1 2019. Read More

Thai PTT to begin commercial production at new metallocene LLDPE plant Q1 2018
Platts.com, 25th Apr 2017
PTT is on track to start commercial operations at its new 400,000 mt/year metallocene C6 linear low density polyethylene plant at Map Ta Phut, Thailand, in the first quarter of 2018, a company source said Tuesday. Read More

Ineos restarts Chocolate Bayou, Texas steam cracker: sources
Platts.com, 12th Apr 2017
Petrochemicals producer Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA restarted the No 2 steam cracker at its Chocolate Bayou olefins plant in Alvin, Texas, last weekend after unscheduled maintenance, sources said Wednesday Read More

China's Sinopec Yangzi's No. 1 cracker, butadiene plant operations back to normal
Platts.com, 7th Apr 2017
China's Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical is currently running its steam crackers and butadiene plants normally, sources close to the company said Friday. Read More

LyondellBasell undergoing turnaround at Texas methanol plant in April: sources
Platts.com, 31st Mar 2017
LyondellBasell will start a maintenance turnaround in April at a methanol plant in Channelview, Texas, market sources said Friday Read More

Total sees process upset at La Porte PP site in Texas: filing
Platts.com, 22nd Mar 2017
There was a process upset Tuesday at Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA's 1,224,700 mt/year polypropylene plant in La Porte, Texas, the company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday Read More

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


 
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