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Petrochemicals are derived from oil, gas or coal, and from renewable sources such as corn or sugar cane. Petrochemicals used as raw materials — or feedstocks — include ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, toluene, xylene and naphthalene. Two petrochemical classes are olefins, including ethylene and propylene, and aromatics including benzene, toluene, and zylene isomers. Oil refineries produce olefins and aromatics by fluid catalytic cracking of petroleum fractions. Chemical plants produce olefins by steam cracking of natural gas liquids like ethane and propane. Aromatics are produced by catalytic reforming of naphtha. Olefins and aromatics are the building-blocks for a wide range of materials such as solvents, detergents and adhesives. Olefins are the basis for polymers and oligomers used in plastics, resins, fibers, elastomers lubricants and gels.


LyondellBasell may add more ethylene capacity in Channelview, Texas

Plastics, chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell is considering an expansion of its petrochemical plant in Channelview, Texas.
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Boardwalk to acquire ethylene pipeline from Chevron

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners has agreed to acquire the Evangeline ethylene pipeline system from Chevron Pipe Line Company.
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California to ban single-use plastic bags

California lawmakers have passed a bill that could ban single-use plastic bags in the state, the first such ban in the U.S.
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Appalachian Resins to relocate planned $1 billion polyethylene plant to Ohio

Houston-based Appalachian Resins Inc has agreed to lease about 50 acres of land in the Salem Township of Ohio to build its planned $1 billion ethylene and polyethylene production facility.
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US researchers highlight possibilities for lignin use

Is it possible to convert lignin into valuable products? New research from the U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) suggests that it is.
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Emergency shutdown at polypropylene plant in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian petrochemical producer Sahara Petrochemical Company announced on Sunday an emergency shutdown at its Al Waha Petrochemicals subsidiary, a producer of propylene and polypropylene (PP).
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Tesoro to invest $400 million in new xylene facility

San Antonio-based refiner Tesoro Corp. is planning to invest $400 million in petrochemical feedstock manufacturing in its U.S. West Coast refining system.
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Chevron Phillips Chemical breaks ground on $6 billion petrochemical project

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP has announced the official start of the second stage of its $6 billion investment in its U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project.
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Kuwait plans to expand petrochemical operations

Kuwait is set to shift its focus onto petrochemical production and develop the industry to an extent that it accounts to 50 percent of the country's income generated from sectors other than oil.
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Iranian petrochemical traders stick to CFR deals to avoid payment troubles

Iranian traders of petrochemical products are seeking to avert potential payment troubles in Asia by pricing their deals on a cost and freight basis instead of using the freight on board method.
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