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CP Chem post-Harvey inspections continue, no timeline for restart
Platts.com, 14th 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
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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......Rea.d 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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