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Petrochemical

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.

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Sasol to build new ethane cracker in Louisiana

South African energy and chemical company Sasol Limited has confirmed that it will build an $8.1 billion ethane cracker and derivatives complex in the United States, as the company looks to take advantage of cheap and plentiful supplies of U.S. gas.
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Fluor, Technip win additional RAPID refinery contract in Malaysia

A joint venture between Fluor Corporation and Technip has won another contract related to the RAPID project in Malaysia.
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Honeywell to build gas processing plant in Louisiana

Process technology supplier UOP, part of Honeywell, has won a contract to engineer, procure and construct (EPC) a gas processing plant to recover natural gas liquids (NGLs) in northern Louisiana.
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Polyethylene plant planned in North Dakota

A new polyethylene manufacturing facility is to be built in North Dakota, in a project that's said to be the largest private investment in the state's history.
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Petrochemical industry in Arabian Gulf region goes from strength to strength

The petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region is showing strong growth, creating thousands of jobs and attracting multi-billion dollar investments.
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Biodegradable plastics market to be worth $3.47 billion by 2019

The global market for biodegradable plastics is expanding rapidly, driven by an increasing range of applications, technological advancements and growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region.
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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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