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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

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 

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