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Qatar Petroleum doubles up on petchems production push

Qatar Petroleum's (QP; Doha) status as a major petrochemical producer will be consolidated by its latest plans, in partnership with Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem; The Woodlands, Texas), to establish a multibillion-dollar, world-scale ethane cracker at Ras Laffan, Qatar, and to participate in an $8-billion project in the US, called US Gulf Coast II Petrochemical Project (USGC II).

Ineos goes ahead with major cumene project in Germany

Ineos Phenol, an Ineos subsidiary, today confirmed that it would build a world-scale cumene plant at the company's Marl, Germany, site to be completed in 2021.

Sabic raises stake in methanol JV with Japanese consortium, will commercialize new technology

Sabic today signed an agreement in Tokyo with Japan Saudi Arabia Methanol Co. (JSMC), a consortium led by Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, renewing the companies' partnership in Saudi Methanol Co.

Cepsa Energy Outlook: Petchem feedstock demand will reach 17 MMb/d by 2030

Petrochemical feedstocks will be the fastest-growing demand source for worldwide liquid fuels production growth to 2030, according to Cepsa (Madrid, Spain). Demand growth for petchem feedstocks will average 2.5%/year in 2015–30, the company says in its Energy Outlook 2030 report.

Enterprise ups Orla NGL capacity to 140,000 b/d

Enterprise Products Partners (Houston, Texas) has brought online a third train at its Orla cryogenic natural gas processing plant in Reeves County, Texas, bringing the facility’s natural gas liquid (NGL) extraction capacity to 140,000 b/d, and Enterprise’s NGL extraction capacity throughout the Permian Basin to 200,000 b/d. 

Lengthy turnaround planned for MDI, TDI units at BorsodChem in Hungary

Wanhua Chemical Group (Yantai, China) says its subsidiary BorsodChem (Kazincbarcika, Hungary) will start a 35-day maintenance program on 8 July at its methylene di-para-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plants.

Petchem producers in Asia to cut LPG usage as cracker turnarounds near

Asian petrochemical producers will reduce liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) usage in August due to planned steam cracker turnarounds, even though most still prefer to process the gas, especially butane, due to favorable economics, according to an IHS Markit-OPIS survey.

US Gulf Coast ethane crackers build up head of steam

Lotte Chemical’s recently held official inauguration of an ethane cracker in the US is another milestone on the Gulf Coast’s journey toward an export-driven future.

ExxonMobil and Sabic receive approval for $10-billion US cracker project

ExxonMobil and Sabic will proceed with their multibillion-dollar petrochemical production joint venture (JV) on the US Gulf Coast. 

Large petchem complex to be built in European Russia as part of massive gas processing project

A large export-oriented gas-chemical project is to be included in a new industrial cluster planned near St Petersburg, Russia.

Enterprise, MarkWest propose two more NGL fractionators

Enterprise Products Partners (Houston, Texas) and MarkWest Energy (Denver, Colorado) are separately developing plans to build additional natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation capacity in Texas, according to documents filed with the Texas Comptroller. 

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US ethane and ethylene exports on upward curve

Worldwide production of ethylene totaled 160 million metric tons (MMt/y) in 2018. 


Feedstocks outlook

IHS Markit's Kurt Barrow chats with CW about the outlook for petrochemical feedstocks, and other refining-related topics. Live from the 2019 World Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

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