Americas top stories - weekly summary

25 April 2011 15:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Here are some of the top stories from ICIS Americas for the week ended 22 April 2011.

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Interview: Alberta touts petchem advantage despite US shale boom
The government of Canada’s Alberta province remains confident of its petrochemicals industry's prospects, despite the US shale gas boom which has triggered a wave of new chemical plants across the border.

Dow Chemical to build new US cracker for start-up in 2017
Dow Chemical plans to build a world-scale ethylene plant on the US Gulf coast for start-up in 2017, the US-based chemicals major said on Thursday

BP spill one year later: US regulators, drillers at odds
One year after the BP rig disaster, federal regulators are urging further safety and containment measures, the energy industry complains of slow permitting, and members of Congress and the public urge more drilling as US gasoline prices edge past $4/gal (€0.74/litre).

Interview: Braskem to consider US cracker, PE project - CEO
Brazil-based petrochemical and polymers company Braskem is considering a greenfield investment in an ethylene cracker and a polyethylene (PE) plant in the US, its CEO said on Tuesday.

US ethylene margins fall nearly 4% on weaker spot prices
US ethylene margins fell by nearly 4% in the second week of April following a drop in ethylene spot prices, the ICIS margin report showed on Monday.


By: Staff Reporter
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