Enterprise chooses Honeywell UOP technology for new Texas petchem plant

DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Honeywell announced that Houston-based Enterprise Products Operating LLC has chosen Honeywell UOP's C4 Oleflex technology to produce 425,000 mtpy of isobutylene, which is used to make high-octane fuel and high-performance synthetic rubbers and acrylics.

Indian refiners process 1.5% less oil in January

(Reuters) -- Indian refiners processed 21.11 MMt, or 4.99 MMbpd, of crude oil in January, a decline of around 1.5% compared with the same period last year, as many state refiners shut units for maintenance, preliminary government data showed on Wednesday.

Russia's Lukoil sells its petrochemical plant in Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russian oil producer Lukoil said in a statement on Tuesday it has completed the sale of its Karpatneftekhim petrochemical plant in western Ukraine.

Repsol starts-up new pilot plant for its polycarbonate polyol

Repsol is developing a product for manufacturing a new type of polyol, polycarbonate polyol, which will partially replace its raw material, propylene oxide (a limited fossil resource) with the abundant and sustainable alternative, CO2.

Full start of India Reliance petchem plant will halt heavy naphtha exports

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- India's Reliance Industries, owner of the world's biggest refining complex, will halt heavy naphtha exports in 2017/18 after the full-scale start-up of its 2.2 MMtpy paraxylene plant by end-March, four people with knowledge of the matter said.

South Korea's LPG demand revives with switch to petrochemicals

SEOUL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- A shift in the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to petrochemicals and away from transport has pushed demand for the fuel to new records in South Korea, after years of slumping consumption, a change which mostly benefits US suppliers.

Saudi Aramco launches base oils business as part of downstream integration strategy

DHAHRAN -- Saudi Aramco has announced its intention to enter the base oils business. The Company made the announcement as part of its effort to optimize the value of its petroleum molecules and grow its refining and chemicals portfolio.

Clariant CEO plays down speculation of plastics unit sale

ZURICH (Reuters) -- Clariant's Chief Executive Hariolf Kottmann has doused speculation the Swiss specialty chemical maker could soon unload its plastics and coatings business and use the proceeds to buy a big, faster-growing target.

DuPont, Lundberg to offer pollution control systems for refineries, petchem plants

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Belco Technologies Corporation, a DuPont company, and Lundberg, LLC, a Dustex company, have signed an agreement to collaborate on the supply of air pollution control systems on an exclusive basis around the world. The partnership applies to air pollution control systems for refining and petrochemical plants, as well as to coke calciners associated with refining and petrochemical plants, and is valid for 10 years.

BASF foam chemical plant suffers further setback

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- BASF has suffered a further setback at its Ludwigshafen plant which makes materials for soft foams used in mattresses and car seats, saying a technical defect in a new reactor would reduce output into next year.