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Looking Back on a Disappointing 2016: German Plant Engineers Between Hope and Trepidation

Plant Engineering Markets

Looking Back on a Disappointing 2016: German Plant Engineers Between Hope and Trepidation

03/29/2017 - Plant engineering has fallen on hard times – Especially in Germany, Europe’s industrial behemoth, home to some of the world’s biggest chemical and pharmaceutical enterprises, engineering companies booked less orders in 2016 than in the already disappointing year before. Is the momentary slump just a cyclical downturn or do problems reach deeper? read...

Rennovia Starts-Up Pilot Plant for Bio-Based 1,6-Hexanediol Process

USA: Renewable Feedstocks

Rennovia Starts-Up Pilot Plant for Bio-Based 1,6-Hexanediol Process

03/29/2017 - Rennovia has commissioned, and is operating, all core pilot plant operations for its sugars to 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) process. The completion of key piloting activities and the development of a 1,6-HDO commercial design package are anticipated by the end of this year. read...

Covestro Suspends Closure of Production Facility

Spain: MDI-Production

Covestro Suspends Closure of Production Facility

03/29/2017 - Materials manufacturer Covestro has resolved to continue manufacturing the rigid foam precursor MDI in Tarragona (Spain). The plant closure that had originally been planned for the end of 2017 has been suspended for the time being. read...

Lubrizol Breaks Ground on Polyisobutylene Unit in Deer Park

USA: Additives

Lubrizol Breaks Ground on Polyisobutylene Unit in Deer Park

03/29/2017 - In conjunction with its previously announced technology license agreement with Daelim Industrial, Lubrizol has begun construction of a new polyisobutylene (PIB) unit at its Deer Park, Texas facility. read...

Borealis and Nova Chemicals Initiate Joint Venture with Total

USA: Polyethylene Processing

Borealis and Nova Chemicals Initiate Joint Venture with Total

03/28/2017 - Borealis and Nova Chemicals Corporation signed a preliminary agreement to form a joint venture with Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA that will develop and own a new light feed cracker and a new Borstar polyethylene facility in Bayport, Texas. read...

Exxon Mobil Chemical to Expand Global Hydrocarbon Fluids Capacity

Petrochemicals

Exxon Mobil Chemical to Expand Global Hydrocarbon Fluids Capacity

03/28/2017 - Exxon Mobil Chemical Company it is expanding the capacity of its global hydrocarbon fluid assets by more than 250,000 tons per year at its world-scale petrochemical sites in Antwerp, Belgium; Baytown, Texas; and Jurong Island, Singapore. read...

Akzo Nobel Plans to Be Carbon Neutral by 2050

The Netherlands: Sustainability

Akzo Nobel Plans to Be Carbon Neutral by 2050

03/28/2017 - Akzo Nobel has announced plans to use 100 % renewable energy and become carbon neutral by 2050. read...

Technip to Install Subsea Production System in the Gulf of Mexico

USA: Subsea Engineering

Technip to Install Subsea Production System in the Gulf of Mexico

03/28/2017 - Technip has been awarded a contract by Shell Offshore for the delivery, integration, and installation of the subsea production system (SPS) and subsea riser, jumper and flowline (Surf) equipment for phase one of the Kaikias deep water project in the Gulf of Mexico. read...

Solvay Launches Range of Metal-Free Medical Devices

Belgium: Medical Devices

Solvay Launches Range of Metal-Free Medical Devices

03/27/2017 - Building on its portfolio of high-performance polymers, Solvay now offers a new dental care business line which ranges from meta-free denture frames to digital workflow solutions. read...

CB&I Wins Contract for Expansion of Afipsky Oil Refinery

Russia: Engineering Services

CB&I Wins Contract for Expansion of Afipsky Oil Refinery

03/27/2017 - CB&I has been awarded a $ 460 million contract by Nefte Gaz Industriya, through project developer China National Chemical Engineering., for the Afipsky Oil Refinery Expansion Project in Krasnodar, Russia. read...

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