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Total plans to increase hydrocarbon resins, polymer production in France

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French oil and gas giant Total will invest EUR160 million to convert its Carling petrochemical platform by 2016 and plans to close the naphtha cracker during the second half of 2015.
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Venezuela blames saboteurs for deadly blast at refinery in 2012

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Venezuela's oil minister, Rafael Ramirez, announced that the deadly blast at the state-run Amuay Refinery, which killed 42 people, was the result of sabotage.
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Omega Engineering opens new office in Singapore

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Omega Engineering, Inc. is opening a new office in Singapore to coordinate its business throughout the Southeast Asia region, the company announced last week.
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Latin American refining sector struggling to capitalize on growing oil output

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Latin America's oil production has been on the rise over the past few years but most economies in the region have had difficulties capitalizing on this development.
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British FSA reviews poultry campylobacter strategy

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Figures released by the agency reveal that campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the U.K., affecting about 460,000 people each year.
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China increases paraxylene capacity

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One of China's biggest refiners, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical, is planning to invest 20 billion yuan ($3.27 billion) in a new paraxylene project with a capacity of 1 million tons.
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Canada pressed to adopt mining operations transparency legislation

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Legislation aiming to improve the transparency and traceability of funds paid by mining companies to local governments is already in force in the United States and the European Union, but Canada lagging behind in adopting similar legislation.
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Chemical companies challenge EU ban on thiamethoxam

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Swiss agrochemical company Syngenta is contesting in court the European Commission's decision to ban the use of thiamethoxam, a seed-treatment pesticide.
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EU launches first pipeline to Moldova

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A pipeline connection between Moldova and the European Union has been established, as part of efforts by the EU to reduce European countries' energy dependence on Russia.
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Report praises Alberta for its pipeline safety

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Alberta has the best regulatory framework of all Canadian provinces when it comes to pipeline safety and the oil and gas industry as a whole, a new independent review found.
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