Dow announces start-up of world-scale ethylene production facility, polyethylene unit in Texas

MIDLAND, Mich. — DowDuPont Materials Science, the business division of DowDuPont to be named Dow, announced the startup of its new integrated world-scale ethylene production facility and its new ELITE enhanced polyethylene production facility, both in Freeport, Texas.

LyondellBasell begins production at new PP compounding plant in China

HOUSTON and ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands — LyondellBasell announced the successful startup of a new 20 ktpy polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Dalian, China. This is the company's third facility in China, strategically located to serve the region's growing automotive market.

PTT explores possibility of propylene oxide, polyether polyols complex in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand — PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) signed two head of agreements (HoAs), to jointly perform engineering study for potential development of Propylene Oxide (PO) 200 KTA with Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) and to jointly perform engineering study for potential development of Polyether Polyols (Polyols) 130 KTA with Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) and Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd. (SCI).

Business Trends: Ethylene production economics from optional feedstocks

Sorour, F. H., Gulf of Suez Petroleum Co.; Abdelmonem, N. M., Cairo University; Tewfik, SH. R., National Research Center (NRC); Ashour, F. H., Gadalla, M.A., British University in Egypt

The petrochemicals industry is witnessing enormous growth worldwide. Ethylene is produced by cracking a range of hydrocarbons. Naphtha is the main raw material used in European and Japanese crackers, while the US utilizes ethane as its primary feedstock.

MOL Group partners with Evonik, thyssenkrupp for Polyol Project

BUDAPEST — Half a year after the announcement of the 2030 strategy, MOL Group has reached an important milestone in its industrial transformational journey. The license agreements signed with Evonik and thyssenkrupp, will enable MOL to produce propylene oxide, a key component for the production of polyether polyols. MOL intends to become a significant producer of polyether polyols, high-value intermediates for products applied in the automotive, packaging and furniture industries.

Braskem to invest $675 MM in 6th US-based polypropylene plant

BRASILIA (Reuters) — Braskem SA, Latin America's largest petrochemical company, will invest $675 MM to build a sixth US-based polypropylene-production plant, the company said on Wednesday.

Use of neural networks for naphtha feed characterization in a cracker plant

Padmavathi, G., Jasra, R. V., Modi, M., Parmar, K. K., Reliance Industries Ltd.; Dash, S. K., Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

Olefins are major building blocks for petrochemicals. Due to their reactivity and versatility, there has been tremendous growth in the demand for olefins, especially for light olefins such as ethylene, propylene, butenes and 1,3-butadiene, etc.

ADNOC targets growing polymers market from China’s auto, infrastructure sectors

ABU DHABI, UAE – The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is targeting rapid growth in demand for its polymer products from China’s automotive industry and the country’s investment in gas and electricity infrastructure.

CB&I announces startup of polypropylene technology pilot plant

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- CB&I announced the inauguration of its Novolen technology polypropylene pilot plant, a new section of its Research and Development (R&D) center in Pasadena, Texas.

Materia expands Proxima manufacturing facilities in Texas

PASADENA, Calif. – Materia Inc., a company in the development and manufacturing of catalysts and advanced polymers, is expanding its Proxima thermoset resins manufacturing capacity fivefold in Huntsville, Texas.