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Chemical Industry Update

Chevron Phillips Chemical completes world's largest 1-hexene plant

June 16, 2014
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP announced June 12 the successful commissioning and start-up of the world’s largest on-purpose 1-hexene plant.
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Shale gas boom boosts demand for bio-based chemicals, report finds

June 16, 2014
Bio-based chemicals are the unexpected beneficiaries of the North American shale gas boom, says a special report from IHS.
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GEO Specialty Chemicals to build polyaluminum chloride facility in Texas

June 13, 2014
GEO Specialty Chemicals, Inc. (GEO) broke ground June 10 on a new facility to produce polyaluminum chloride (PAC) products for use in water treatment.
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EU, US approaches to chemical regulation: Is there middle ground?

June 13, 2014
A large number of chemicals and food additives that are legal in the United States are banned for use in food and beverage manufacturing in some parts of the European Union. But does this mean that U.S. products put consumers at risk?
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LSB Industries takes gas supplier to court over alleged negligence

May 16, 2014
Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries Inc. has started legal action against French multinational gas company Air Liquide, accusing the supplier of negligence that led to an explosion at LSB's Arkansas chemical plant.
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Japanese chemical company to open new facility in Georgia

May 14, 2014
The new plant will manufacture fiber-free potassium titanate, called Terracess, which is used in the production of brake pads.
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BASF mulls multi-billion dollar Gulf Coast investment in methane-to-propylene complex

Propylene in short supply due to shift to ethane feedstocks drawn from shale gas, IHS Chemical notes
May 9, 2014
Chemical producer BASF is evaluating an investment in a world-scale methane-to-propylene complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
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Projected US bulk chemicals output varies across alternative energy price scenarios

April 30, 2014
Projected bulk chemicals production is quite sensitive to alternative assumptions regarding long-term oil prices and domestic oil and natural gas resources.
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ExxonMobil Chemical opens synthetic base stocks production plant in Texas

April 18, 2014
ExxonMobil Chemical has opened a new manufacturing facility that will allow the company to produce up to 50,000 tons of SpectraSyn Elite metallocene polyalphaolefin (mPAO) synthetic lubricant base stocks annually.
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Montana bio-based chemical startup secures investment to start production

April 15, 2014
The capital will allow Rivertop Renewables to expand its production of chemicals, like detergents and corrosion inhibitors, manufactured entirely from natural plant sugars.
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