31 May 2012 22:18 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The advent of shale gas has lowered both energy and feedstock costs for chemical producers in the US and Canada, and several have consequently begun considering or actually pursuing expansion plans.
The following lists the plants being pursued or considered.
Braskem considers shale gas feedstock in US
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Brazilian petrochemical giant Braskem is evaluating the possibility of switching its US polypropylene (PP) plants to utilise feedstock derived from shale gas reserves, the company said on Friday.
US Eastman to source propylene from 750,000 tonne/year project
HOUSTON (ICIS)--A 750,000 tonne/year propane dehydrogenation (PDH) project by a yet-to-be announced supplier will provide propylene to US-based Eastman Chemical, a company executive said on Wednesday.
Eastman has a 10-year contract with the producer, who will start up the PDH project in 2015, said executive vice president Ronald Lindsay during the Goldman Sachs Basic Materials Conference in New York.
APIC ’12: Indorama explores US cracker with multiple partners
KUALA LUMPUR (ICIS)--Thailand-based Indorama Ventures (IVL) is exploring an investment in a US-based cracker with multiple partners, a senior executive said on Friday.
On 29 February, Indorama announced at its annual investor meeting that it already completed a pre-feasibility study for a 1.3m tonne/year cracker in the US with an undisclosed partner, and expects to complete a full feasibility study by 2013.
Unnamed producer mulls methanol plant near Toronto in Canada
HOUSTON (ICIS)--An unnamed methanol producer is considering a town in the Great Lakes region of Canada as a plant site, a town official said on Thursday.
LyondellBasell discusses US condo cracker with potential partners
HOUSTON (ICIS)--LyondellBasell has started discussions with potential partners about a condo cracker, the company’s chief executive said on Monday.
US CP Chem to build PE plants in Old Ocean, Texas
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chevron Phillips Chemical (CP Chem) has selected Old Ocean, Texas, as the site for its two planned polyethylene (PE) plants, the company said on Monday.
The plants would each have a capacity of 500,000 tonnes/year, using CP Chem’s propriety loop slurry technology. The facility should be on line by 2017, the company said.
US Dow Freeport cracker in Texas to cost $1.7bn
FREEPORT, Texas (ICIS)--US-based Dow Chemical’s new Freeport cracker in Texas will cost $1.7bn (€1.3bn), state Governor Rick Perry's office said on Thursday.
The price tag was mentioned in connection with the announcement of the location of the 1.5m tonne/year cracker.
US Dow to announce derivative plants following cracker news
FREEPORT, Texas (ICIS)--US-based Dow Chemical will announce new ethylene derivative units later this year that will consume the product of the cracker the company is building at Freeport, Texas, an executive said on Thursday.
One of the derivative units will produce polyethylene (PE), said Jim Fitterling, Dow executive vice president and president of feedstocks and energy and corporate development.
US Dow to build world-scale cracker in Freeport, Texas
LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical will build its new world-scale ethylene plant at its largest production site in Freeport, Texas, (Dow Texas Operations) the US-headquartered, broadly-based chemicals producer said on Thursday.
INEOS to boost capability for further expansion at Chocolate Bayou – official
NEW YORK (ICIS)--INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA will have the ability to expand capacity at its Chocolate Bayou facility in Texas beyond its planned 115,000 tonne/year debottlenecking with the installation of a new ethylene furnace, a company official said on Wednesday.
On 10 April, US engineering firm KBR announced it will design and construct an ethylene furnace that would add 465m lb/year (around 211,000 tonnes/year) of furnace production capacity to INEOS’s Chocolate Bayou complex.
APIC '12: US Aither Chemicals to revamp old Carbide tech
INEOS picks US KBR to design, build Texas ethylene furnace
HOUSTON (ICIS)--KBR won a contract to design and build an ethylene furnace for INEOS at its Chocolate Bayou site in Texas, the US engineering firm said on Tuesday.
The furnace will add 465m lb/year (211,000 tonnes/year) of capacity at the complex, KBR said, adding it will use KBR’s proprietary technology.
AFPM ’12: Canada’s NOVA studies building two PE plants
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--Canada’s NOVA Chemicals is studying the possibility of building two polyethylene (PE) plants and expanding ethylene capacity, a company executive said on Tuesday.
The studies are part of the company’s “NOVA 2020” growth strategy, said president of olefins and feedstock Grant Thompson on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) in San Antonio.
AFPM '12: On-purpose BD to meet supply crunch – TPC
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--The growing supply crunch of butadiene (BD) will likely be met by on-purpose production, the head of US-based TPC Group said on Sunday.
TPC Group expects that the world will be short by 1.7bn lb/year (771,000 tonnes/year) of BD by 2017, said Michael McDonnell, the petrochemical producer's president. He made his comments at the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), which is hosted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).
US petchems may announce derivatives in next year – Gallogly
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US shale gas boom could lead producers to announce derivative projects in the near future, the LyondellBasell CEO said on Wednesday.
US Aither, RMG make progress toward ethane cracker
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US Aither Chemicals and Renewable Manufacturing Gateway (RMG) have made progress on an announced ethane cracker for the Appalachia region, a spokeswoman for RMG said on Monday.
Shell picks Pennsylvania for possible US cracker, PE, MEG units
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Shell chose a site near Monaca, Pennsylvania, for a possible cracker, the company said on Thursday.
INSIGHT: Indorama joins US ethylene fray
NEW YORK (ICIS)--Thailand-based Indorama Ventures Ltd (IVL) is jumping into the US ethylene cracker fray, joining a crowded field of players that are going full steam ahead with new crackers and expansions, as well as considering projects.
Formosa to build 800,000 tonne/year olefins cracker in Texas
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Formosa Plastics plans to build an 800,000 tonne/year olefins cracker, a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit and a low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit at its Point Comfort, Texas, facility as part of $1.7bn (€1.3bn) in capital investments, the company said on Monday.
Jacobs wins Methanex contract to relocate methanol plant to US
LONDON (ICIS)--US-based Jacobs has won a contract with Canada’s Methanex to relocate one of its idled methanol plants from Chile to Louisiana in the US, the petrochemicals engineering firm said on Tuesday.
GPCA '11: SABIC considers investing in US cracker – Al-Mady
DUBAI (ICIS)--SABIC will consider investing in a US cracker either with a partner or going at it alone, Mohammed Al-Mady, vice chairman and chief executive of SABIC, said on Thursday.
INEOS names three possible sites for its US EO investment
LONDON (ICIS)--INEOS Oxide has nominated three sites on the US Gulf coast as possible locations for its planned 500,000 tonne/year ethylene oxide (EO) and derivatives capacity investment, INEOS said on Friday.
Sasol moves ahead with feasibility study on US cracker project
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Sasol’s board of directors has approved a feasibility study for a possible cracker and derivatives project at Lake Charles, Louisiana, the South African energy and chemicals major said on Wednesday.
The project could cost between $3.5bn and $4.5bn, Sasol said.
"The envisaged capacity of the cracker will be to produce between 1m and 1.4m tons of ethylene per annum," Sasol said.
The feasibility study is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2013, the company said.
APLA ’11: Mexichem in talks to partner on US cracker
Braskem to consider US cracker, PE project - CEO
NEW YORK (ICIS)--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.
“In PE as well as PVC [polyvinyl chloride], we see opportunities for greenfield investment in the US, especially with the shale gas feedstock,” said CEO Carlos Fadigas at a media event at the New York Stock Exchange.
INEOS mulls EO unit of at least 500,000 tonne/year in US
HOUSTON (ICIS)--INEOS is considering adding an ethylene oxide (EO) plant of at least 500,000 tonnes/year in the US Gulf coast, as well as the downstream ethylene glycol (EG) and derivative units that could absorb the new unit's production, the company said on Friday.
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