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Russian petrochemical giants eye PE, PP markets

January 16, 2013
The two largest petrochemical companies in Russia, Sibur and Nizhnekamsk, have been claiming the title of leader on the country's petrochemical market over the past few years and it looks like their battle will continue in 2013.
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Scottish researchers introduce new food processing technology

January 14, 2013
A new technology that can increase the shelf-life of food products by up to three times the normal period of time, while preserving their freshness and nutritional qualities, has been developed by Scottish researchers from Queen Margaret University.
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EU chemicals industry faces gloomy 2013

January 7, 2013
The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has made a downward revision of its projection for Europe's chemicals output in 2012, the organization has announced.
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UK to introduce new offshore oil and gas production rules

January 7, 2013
The British government is introducing new rules that aim to increase safety standards and environmental care in the UK's offshore oil and gas industry.
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Gazprom presses ahead with South Stream, asks EU for special status

January 7, 2013
The South Stream pipeline project that will see Russian natural gas flow to Eastern and Central Europe carried by pipes laid under the Black Sea and across the Balkans is moving ahead.
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US senator introduces bill to facilitate LNG exports to Europe

December 20, 2012
The U.S. is looking into ways to play a more important role in the European natural gas market by lifting the limitations on liquefied natural gas deliveries to its transatlantic allies and helping them become less dependent on Russian natural gas.
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European container glass industry records growth in 2012

December 19, 2012
The first half of 2012 was marked by growth for the European glass packaging industry, as production volumes increased to meet growing demand both on the European market and globally.
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UK government lifts ban on fracking but tightens controls

December 19, 2012
The British government has decided to lift the restrictions on extracting gas from shale rocks using the method of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced.
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Operations halted at pharmaceutical plant after discovery of potential explosives

December 5, 2012
A pharmaceuticals factory in Wales has been closed following the discovery of potentially explosive chemicals on site.
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European butadiene market strong thanks to US shale gas

Feedstock for polymer resins typically not derived from natural gas
November 26, 2012
Despite waning local demand, European butadiene markets remain strong thanks to overseas export demand, according to GBI Research. Increased U.S. use of shale gas as an energy source is leading to a shortage of locally produced petrochemicals, boding well for the European butadiene market.
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