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Olympic organisers struggle with ‘zero waste’ target

With just two weeks to go before the opening of London 2012,millions of visitors are preparing to descend on our capital city. But will London deliver, in DavidCameron‘s words, “the greenest Games ever”? And how will the chemical industrycontribute? An estimated 8,000 tonnes of waste will be collected acrossthe Olympic venues, and London Organising Committee […]

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The sky’s the limit

After eighteen hours and 898km of strong headwinds,turbulence and even some backwards flying, Bertrand Piccard‘s plane landedsuccessfully in Madridwithout the aid of a single drop of fuel. On Friday 6th July, the aptly-named Solar Impulsecompleted the returning leg of its first intercontinental flight, powered only bythe sun and with a 90-strong team of engineers, technicians […]

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EU hesitates over shale gas exploration

By Jade Tinslay  As Poland prepares to fully exploit its shale gas reserves, the rest of the EU watches with interest following a spate of controversy in which campaigners across Europe called for a moratorium. The resolute message was that, until further research into the environmental and economic impacts of the technology had been conducted, […]

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Poland calls on US expertise for shale gas

Imagine how Central and Eastern Europe’s chemical industry could be transformed if Poland managed to access the massive shale gas reserves which have been discovered in the country.  The region’s chemical sector currently relies for feedstocks mainly on expensive, imported oil and Russian natural gas. Shale gas could give CEE the same, structural advantage currently […]

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Europe’s chemical sector benefit from more of Gazprom’s Russian gas

The news that Russia’s Gazprom is expanding storage terminals across Europe in anticipation of increased supplies could be good news for Europe’s chemical industry, which relies heavily on natural gas for power generation.  Gazprom is almost doubling its underground storage capacities for gas by 2015 to nearly 4.9 billion cubic meters (bcm) and by next […]

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Poland chemicals privatization to restart in September

The privatization of Poland’s chemical industry may lurch into action again later this year, according to the country’s treasury ministry which gives September for the kick-off.   Since 2007, Poland has twice abandoned efforts at completing the sell-off of substantial state-held assets in its chemical industry, citing unsatisfactory bids. According to ICIS news, efforts at […]

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Privatization of Ciech to restart – third time lucky

Observers of the Polish government’s efforts to sell off parts of its chemical sector may raise their eyebrows at the news of its relaunch of the privatisations of Ciech, the country’s largest chemical group, and fertilizer producer Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP) in the second half of this year. Previous attempts have failed twice thanks to […]

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Solvay merger with Rhodia to create global leader in polymers and consumer products

Today’s announcement that Solvay has bid for Rhodia – if successful – will put it into a strong global position in high performance specialty polymers, soda ash and hydrogen peroxide, specialty materials (silica, rare earths), products for consumer markets (surfactants, natural polymers, acetate tow) and engineering plastics based on polyamide 6.6. Solvay has been sitting […]

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Poland prime minister sees bright future in shale gas

Imagine if central and eastern Europe had ample supplies of cheap natural gas, gushing from the ground, and lowering ethane feedstock prices across the chemical sector in the region. Such a pipe dream would surely transform the fortunes of the chemical sector in CEE and further afield, in the same way North America is enjoying […]

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Poland’s ZAT to spend $106m on petchem investments

It’s refreshing to see that money is being invested in updating and expanding chemicals in Poland. So much news coming out of this country concerns the failed privatization process. ICIS news reports that Poland’s Zaklady Azoty Tarnow (ZAT) group will spend up to Zl 300m ($106m, €74.4m) on investments in 2011 with a possible expansion […]

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