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Taiwan's OPTC restarts 1.5 mil mt/year PTA line after turnaround, 2nd Jan 2019

Taiwan's Oriental Petrochemical (Taiwan) Co. Ltd. restarted its 1.5 million mt/year purified terephthalic acid line at Taoyuan Tuesday from a maintenance that lasted almost five weeks since end-November, a company source said Wednesday..Read More 


China's Secco to restart steam cracker Wednesday after turnaround, 4th Dec 2018

China's Shanghai Secco Petrochemical plans to restart its naphtha-fed steam cracker in Shanghai Wednesday after annual maintenance, a source close to the company said Tuesday..Read More 


China's CNOOC Ningbo Daxie to shut aromatics plant on Nov 28 for turnaround, 20th Nov 2018

CNOOC Ningbo Daxie Petrochemical, a subsidiary of state-run China National Offshore Oil Corp., plans to shut its aromatics plant at Daxie in eastern China's Ningbo on November 28 for a scheduled maintenance of around 45 days, sources familiar with the matter said..Read More 


LyondellBasell's Wesseling crackers in Germany to restart soon:, 6th Nov 2018

LyondellBasell will soon restart its two crackers in Wesseling, Germany, after a more than month-long maintenance outage, a source close to the company said Tuesday..Read More


BASF declares force majeure on methyl methacrylate from Ludwigshafen, 26th Oct 2018

German chemicals major BASF has declared force majeure on methyl methacrylate from its Ludwigshafen site, the company confirmed late Thursday..Read More


EPCA 2018: CKPC's Canada PDH, PP project set for Q2 2023 completion, 8th Oct 2018

Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation's Alberta-based propane dehydrogentation and polypropylene project is set for Q2 2023 completion, a source at one of the partners in the project said Monday on the sidelines of 52nd annual EPCA conference in Vienna..Read More


LyondellBasell's Channelview facility to restart after shutdown: sources, 28th Sep 2018

LyondellBasell began restarting operations at its Channelview, Texas, complex Friday, two days after a loss of steam resulted in the shutdown of several units, sources said..Read More


Japan's Kaneka to shut the Takasago PVC unit from early Nov for maintenance, 8th Sep 2018

Japan's Kaneka plans to shut its 279,000 mt/year PVC plant in Takasago from early November for three weeks of maintenance, a company source said Friday..Read More


Phillip 66 declares force majeure on polypropylene at Bayway refinery, 8th Sep 2018

Phillips 66 declared a force majuere Wednesday due to issues at its Bayway refinery in Linden, New Jersey, restricting the ability to supply polypropylene to customers, the company said Thursday..Read More


Czech Unipetrol's new 270,000 mt/year high density polyethylene unit to be ready by December, 20th July 2018
Czech petrochemicals producer Unipetrol said Friday it expected to complete the construction of its new 270,000 mt/year capacity high density polyethylene unit in Litvinov by the end of this year..Read More

Naphtachimie's cracker in Lavera, France, to undergo maintenance from mid-September: market sources, 19th July 2018

The Naphtachimie stream cracker at Lavera in southern France, which has been running at reduced capacity since the end of June following a technical issue, will undergo maintenance in September, according to market sources..Read More


S Korea's Hanwha Total to raise olefins production capacity by Q2 2019, 13th July 2018 

South Korea's Hanwha Total Petrochemical plans to complete expansion of its Daesan petrochemical complex by the end of the second quarter in 2019, a company spokesman said Friday..Read More


Japan's Cosmo Oil to shut Yokkaichi isomer-mixed xylene plant for half-month in Oct, 2nd July 2018

Tokyo — Japan's Cosmo Oil plans to shut for scheduled maintenance its 300,000 mt/year isomer-MX plant at Yokkaichi for about half a month in October in line with upstream maintenance closures, a source close to the company said Tuesday..Read More


China's Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical eyes commercial output at new CPL plant in August, 28th June 2018 

China's Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical is expected to start commercial production at its new 200,000 mt/year caprolactam plant in Putian, in eastern China's Fujian province, by August, after major construction work was completed earlier this week, industry sources with knowledge of the matter said Thursday..Read More


Taiwan's Formosa to shut Mailiao VCM/Caustic Soda plants for turnaround, 14th June 2018 

Taiwan's Formosa Plastic plans to shut its 800,000 mt/year vinyl chloride monomer and 1.133 million mt/year caustic soda plants in Mailiao over end June-mid July for annual maintenance, a company source said Thursday..Read More

Iran's Jam Petchem to shut HDPE/LLDPE unit in Aug for 1-month maintenance, 6th June 2018 

Iran's Jam Petrochemical will shut its 330,000 mt/year high density/ linear low density polyethylene swing plant in Asaluyeh in August for a month of maintenance, a company source said Wednesday..Read More

Taiwan's CGPC to shut Linyuan PVC plant in Jun for 2-3 days on power cut, 16th May 2018 

Taiwan's China General Plastics Corporation, or CGPC, plans to shut its 170,000 mt/year PVC unit in Linyuan for around two to three days in June, a company source said Wednesday..Read More


Braskem America polypropylene plant in Texas on target for 2020 startup: CEO, 8th May 2018 

Braskem America's planned 450,000 mt/year polypropylene plant along the Houston Ship Channel is well into its mechanical construction phase, with two reactors having been delivered from South Korea in mid-March, CEO Mark Nikolich said Tuesday on the sidelines of NPE 2018, a plastics trade show..Read More


Ineos declares force majeure on some HDPE grades produced in US: letter, 4th May 2018 

Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA this week issued a force majeure declaration on the supply of some grades of high density polyethylene due to April issues with production equipment, according to a company letter obtained Thursday..Read More


Taiwan's Formosa plans to start building $9.4 billion Louisiana complex in 2019, 25th Apr 2018 

Taiwan's Formosa Petrochemical Corp. plans to start building a $9.4 billion chemical manufacturing complex at St. James Parish, Louisiana, as early as 2019, the Louisiana government and the Taiwanese company announced late Monday.Read More


South Korea's Lotte Chemical to shut Yeosu aromatics plant in Sep for maintenance, 11th Apr 2018, 25th Apr 2018 

South Korea's Lotte Chemical plans to shut its Yeosu aromatics plant mid-September for maintenance, a source close to the company said Wednesday..Read More


China's Sinopec Zhenhai to shut naphtha cracker H2 May-end Jun for maintenance, 3rd Apr 2018

China's Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Chemical plans to shut its naphtha-fed steam cracker at Zhenhai, Zhejiang province, from H2 May until end-June for scheduled maintenance, sources close to the company Tuesday said..Read More


Operational issues, blackout delay Braskem chlor-alkali restart: source, 23rd Mar 2018

A vast power outage that hit the northern half of Brazil this week further delayed Braskem's efforts to restart a chlor-alkali plant, prompting the company to seek more US ethylene dichloride to maintain uninterrupted polyvinyl chloride production, a source familiar with Braskem's operations said Friday..Read More


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