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Westlake Chemical begins ethylene capacity expansion project in Lake Charles, La.

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Westlake Chemical Corp.’s previously announced expansion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit at its complex in Lake Charles, La. has begun.
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Eagle Ford shale to boost US petrochemical export

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Plentiful shale gas resources in Texas are set to help its petrochemical industry expand not just on the domestic market but also overseas.
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Demand for recycled plastics grows in North America

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Canada managed to increase the amount of packaging and other plastic products recycled in 2011 by almost a quarter compared to figures from 2010, a recent report from recycling solutions provider Moore Recycling Associates has shown.
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US ethylene boom on its way, report says

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The ongoing shale revolution will see the U.S. ethylene industry surge in the near future, growing by more than a third by 2017, predicts the latest report from business intelligence experts GlobalData
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Indonesia to invest heavily in petrochemical industry

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Indonesia is planning to boost its petrochemical industry and start exporting by 2016 thanks to two upstream petrochemical centers that will be constructed over the next couple of years.
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Global chemicals industry set for huge overhaul

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The global chemicals industry is set to go through revolutionary changes on a scale it has not seen for 75 years, dramatically changing the industry over the next few years, according to Kevin Swift of the American Chemistry Council.
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Finnish scientists develop new bio-based plastic packaging

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ESPOO, Finland — Researchers in Finland have developed new technology that can boost the quality of bio-based plastic packaging and could allow the industry to move away from petroleum-based plastics.
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Sasol commences FEED phase for $21 billion Louisiana gas-to-liquids facility

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LAKE CHARLES, La. -- South African-based energy and chemicals company, Sasol, says it will proceed with front-end engineering and design (FEED) phase for an integrated, 96,000 bbl/d gas-to-liquids (GTL)
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Gulf petrochemicals producers to outline future strategies

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DUBAI — Petrochemical producers from the Gulf countries need to find ways to develop their business to its full capacity, says Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA).
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Shell to increase capacity at Singapore petrochemical complex

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PULAU BUKOM, Singapore — Shell announced today that it has taken a final investment decision to “debottleneck” its Singapore ethylene cracker. This is expected to increase the capacity of
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