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Total to modernize Antwerp refining and petrochemical platform

Total has approved a €1 billion modernization project for its Antwerp production facilities, the company’s largest European refining and petrochemical platform. Total says the decision is in line with the Group’s strategy of focusing its investment on its large integrated platforms to position them among the most competitive of the industry.
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Booming La. chemical industry boosts economy, addresses safety issues

Hundreds of chemical plant facilities stretch along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Explosions, chemical releases and other accidents are real threats, but emergency officials say they’re well-drilled to respond.
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Energy market changes lead to questions about renewable fuels

A hearing on federal renewable fuel standards was held earlier this month and included representatives of the U.S. EPA, the American Petroleum Institute, the Energy Policy Research Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Explosion at Louisiana chemical plant kills one, injures 77

An explosion at a chemical plant in the state of Louisiana last week killed at least one person and injured 77 more, local officials have said.
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Chemical accidents pose greater risk to public than terrorist attacks, research suggests

Hundreds of facilities across the United States are storing potentially hazardous chemicals that could cause a deadly blast, similar to the one at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in Texas in April.
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INEOS Barex AG will acquire the Mitsui polyacrylonitriles business

INEOS Barex AG has signed a binding agreement to acquire the polyacrylonitriles business from Mitsui Chemicals Inc. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.
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Houston to remain chemical-industry hotbed

Business is looking good for the chemical industry in Houston, Texas. Significant shale gas production growth has led to a boom in chemical production as well, which in turn has resulted in the creation of jobs and a boost in construction in the area.
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"Intelligence" system that’s right for the plant floor, while delivering enterprise solutions

The Dow Chemical Co. is an early adopter of a “manufacturing intelligence” solution just introduced for general availability by Portland, Ore.-based Northwest Analytics. The system, already used in 14 Dow Chemical plants, makes it easier to accomplish data-source integration and real-time process analytics and visibility.
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Partnership empowers M2M wireless communications for industry, infrastructure

In coming years, the process industries will be amongst those most affected by upgrades in communication infrastructure from legacy copper line systems to secure wireless connectivity. Two companies say they’re willing to sweat the details of how exactly that will happen.
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Dow to appeal court's order over alleged price fixing

U.S. giant Dow Chemical Company has announced that it will appeal the order issued by a federal court last week to pay a fine of $1.2 billion for allegedly fixing prices of urethane chemicals.
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