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LyondellBasell begins maintenance at Texas steam cracker: sources, 6th Mar 2018 

LyondellBasell began a planned maintenance outage over the weekend at the OP-2 steam cracker in its Channelview, Texas, complex, sources said Tuesday..Read More

Saudi Advanced Petrochemical to shut Jubail PDH, PP units in late Feb, 23rd Feb 2018 

Saudi Arabia's Advanced Petrochemical Company will shut its 500,000 mt/year propane dehydrogenation unit and a polypropylene unit with an output capacity of 450,000 mt/year, at its Jubail complex on February 26 and February 28 respectively for scheduled maintenance of two to four weeks, the company said in a statement Friday..Read More

ExxonMobil expects Baytown, Texas, steam cracker to start up in Q2, 6th Feb 2018 

ExxonMobil said Tuesday its new 1.5 million mt/year steam cracker in Baytown, Texas, is mechanically complete and expected to start up in the second quarter of 2018..Read More

Nova declares force majeure on ethylene from Corunna, Ontario, site, 1st Feb 2018 

Nova Chemicals has declared force majeure on ethylene from it's Corunna, Ontario, site in Canada and is working to determine the potential impact on polyethylene sales following an unplanned shutdown earlier this week, the company said Thursday..Read More

Equistar Chemicals declares force majeure on PE from Matagorda, Texas, 19th Jan 2018 

Equistar Chemicals, a subsidiary of LyondellBasell, on Friday declared a force majeure on high density polyethylene produced at one of its Texas plants, according to a letter to customers S&P Global Platts obtained..Read More

Japan to see cut of 47,120 mt in SM supply over Feb-Apr from turnarounds, 16th Jan 2018 Japan is expected to see a cut of 47,120 mt in SM supply over February to April due to scheduled maintenance, S&P Global Platts calculations showed Tuesday, with Middle Eastern supply likely to fill the supply gap..Read More

Formosa Plastics shuts Texas steam cracker due to fire, 22nd Dec 2017 

Formosa Plastics shut its 681,000 mt/year Olefins No. 1 steam cracker after a fire hit its Point Comfort, Texas, site Thursday, the company told state regulators..Read More

Chevron Phillips starts commissioning new Texas ethane cracker, 20th Dec 2017 

Chevron Phillips Chemical has finished building its world-scale ethane cracker at the Cedar Bayou complex in Baytown, Texas, and begun commissioning activities, it said Wednesday..Read More

Dow Chemical restarts Texas steam cracker after maintenance: filing, 12th Dec 2017 

US olefins producer Dow Chemical began restart procedures Tuesday on its Light Hydrocarbons Unit 9 at its Freeport, Texas, site after completing maintenance, the company said in a regulatory filing. The emissions event associated with the restart is scheduled to run through December 18, according to the filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality..Read More

Bayway PP plant to shut in Feb, CDU to undergo maintenance: sources, 7th Dec 2017 

Phillips 66 plans to carry out a 60- to 90-day maintenance outage in February on its 351,534 mt/year polypropylene plant in Linden, New Jersey, sources said Thursday...Read More#mce_temp_url#

Chevron Phillips restarting cracker at Sweeny complex: filing, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14th Sep 2017, 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, 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, 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, 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, 9th Aug 2017, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 16th May 2017, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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", 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, 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, 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.

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