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Gazprom presses ahead with South Stream, asks EU for special status

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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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Clean pharmaceutical equipment based on TACT circle principles

Equipment design and cleaning procedures play big role in thorough sterilization and cleaning
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Sterilization or sanitization procedures are typically meant to kill bacteria in a system. In addition, equipment is cleaned to remove residues from previous product batches and is subsequently flushed to remove cleaning liquids. But to ensure safe and efficient sterilization and cleaning, appropriate procedures aren’t enough. The right equipment improves cost efficiency, as well as patient safety.
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BASF building European production plant for emissions catalysts in Poland

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LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany — BASF is investing approximately €90 million in the first step to build a mobile emissions catalysts production facility in Sroda Slaska, a Special Economic Zone near
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Molson Coors combines European units

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DENVER -- Molson Coors Brewing Co. said that it will combine its European businesses into a single unit. The Denver-based company said Molson Coors Europe will combine its U.K. and
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Oxea completes specialty esters production plant

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OBERHAUSEN, Germany — Chemical company Oxea has completed its latest production plant for specialty esters, “Ester 2”, in Oberhausen, Germany, on schedule. The new facility will increase Oxea’s worldwide
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