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Brazil ramps up fertilizer production amid growing agricultural demand

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In a bid to reduce dependency on imported products, Brazil is set to invest billions of dollars in projects that will increase its domestic output of fertilizers.
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Brazil's Odebrecht to explore petrochemical investment in West Virginia

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The "Ascent -- Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise" complex would include an ethane cracker, three polyethylene plants and associated infrastructure for water treatment and energy co-generation.
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Yara, BASF plan investment in US ammonia plant

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Norway's Yara, the top global producer of nitrate fertilizers, is planning a big investment in the United States in partnership with German chemicals giant BASF.
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Solvay to open largest sodium bicarbonate plant in Southeast Asia

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Solvay, a Belgian manufacturer of soda ash and bicarbonate, has announced plans to build the largest sodium bicarbonate plant in Southeast Asia. The facility will be located in Thailand and will have a capacity of 100,000 tons per year.
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Blast at Essex chemical plant causes caustic soda leak

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An explosion at an industrial chemical plant in southeast England on Thursday led to a leak of caustic soda, forcing local people to stay indoors for hours until the situation was deemed safe by the emergency services.
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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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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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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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Chemical engineers develop improved recycling system for fracking water

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The membrane-based filtration system improves the efficiency of treating and safely reusing water used for fracking at drill sites and could significantly reduce the amount of water and energy that fracking requires.
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BASF to build polymerization plant in Shanghai

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Chemical company BASF has announced plans to build a new polymerization plant with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons per year in Shanghai, China.
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