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Since market reforms first started in 1978, China has shifted from a centrally planned economy to a market-based economy, experiencing rapid economic and social development.

Maximizing existing xylene loop profitability
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Improving resource efficiency of industrial processes with TOP-REF methodology—Part 1
Radatz, H., Schembecker, G., TU Dortmund University; Raffray, G., Sellis, D., The CoSMo Company SAS; Boto, F., Echeverria, Z., Fundación Tecnalia Research and Innovation; Carrion, A., Herce, C., Oto, F., Fundación CIRCE—Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos; Gil, A., University of Zaragoza; Arias, A., Borrego, R., DOW Chemical Co.; Romero, J., Fertinagro Nutrientes S.L.; Jacinto, J. T., Petróleos de Portugal

The processing industry consumes significant amounts of resources, such as materials and energy, to produce valuable goods for society.

Octane upgrading technology to boost value of light paraffinic feeds
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In November 2017, US crude oil production eclipsed the 10-MMbpd mark, setting the highest production record in history.

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Global Construction Projects

Data provided by Construction Boxscore.

According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database, more than 320 new projects have been announced in the downstream processing industry over the past year.

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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight

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Project: Melamine Plant
Location: Vadodara, India
Operator: Gujarat State
Cost: $90 MM
Capacity: 40,000 tpy
Completion date: 2019 Q1
Status: Commissioned
Project: Acetic Acid Plant
Location: Clear Lake, Texas
Operator: Celanese
Cost: $25 MM
Capacity: 800,000 tpy
Completion date: 2021 Q3
Status: Planning
Project: Sodium Methylate plant expansion
Location: Mobile, Alabama
Operator: Evonik
Cost: Not yet given
Capacity: 90,000 metric tpy
Completion date: Not yet given
Status: Proposed
Project: Ethylene & Derivatives
Location: Cilegon, Indonesia
Operator: Lotte Chemical
Cost: $3.5 B
Capacity: 1 MMtpy
Completion date: 2023
Status: Planning