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January 1st, 1970

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Industry leaders launch Hydrogen Council in Davos

In the first global initiative of its kind, the Hydrogen Council is determined to position hydrogen among the key solutions of the energy transition.
 

Muntajat expands polyethylene portfolio in Europe

Muntajat is now directly offering the full range of polyethylene products in Europe, including low density polyethylene, linear lower density polyethylene, medium density polyethylene and HDPE under the renowned and trusted Lotrene brand.
 

ADNOC to improve energy efficiency by 10% by 2020

The energy efficiency strategy will reduce ADNOC’s gas consumption by 156 million cubic feet per day, saving a total of US$1 billion by 2020.
 

Reliance-SIBUR JV for halogenated butyl rubber

The unit will produce 60,000 MT of halogenated butyl rubber every year under Reliance SIBUR Elastomers Private Limited – a joint venture of which RIL owns 74.9% and SIBUR 25.1%.
 

GCC millennials deem climate change as real threat

Seventy seven percent of the of millennials aged from 18 to 29 residing in the GCC believes that a commitment to green growth and the implementation of measures to reduce greenhouse gases will improve the economic and job situations in the GCC.
 

A pictorial report of 11th annual GPCA forum

The 11th annual GPCA (Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association) forum took place during 27-29 November 2016 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. Over 2,000 delegates attended the three-day event of knowledge sharing, innovation & best practices exchange.
 

SABIC schemes boost Saudi sustainability progress

The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is a global platform to address the interconnected challenges that affect the widespread acceleration and adoption of sustainable development and clean energy.
 

Dow gets AEO certification from Dubai Customs

The AEO certification process provides companies with a host of commercial benefits, including faster customer clearance, prioritisation in inspections, reduced post-clearance audits and a dedicated customers key account manager.
 

Dow recognised in top 100 global innovators list

Dow recognised as top 100 global innovator by Clarivate Analytics for sixth consecutive year.
 

Emerson flow metres awarded DNV GL TQ certificate

DNV GL - global technical advisor and certification body - awards industry's first technology qualification certificate for fiscal metering to Emerson's ultrasonic flow metres.
 

Fire at Takreer Ruwais refinery contained

Adnoc Group confirmed that all its refinery personnel are accounted for and there are no casualties.
 

Emerson opens new manufacturing facility in Dammam

Emerson Automation Solutions strengthens local manufacturing and services with a new facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
 

Siemens to show digital future experience at WFES

Showcasing solutions that empower energy industries in the Middle East, Siemens will give WFES visitors the chance to experience innovative digital solutions to achieve efficiency, productivity and reliability gains.
 

ME-TECH focusses on downstream technology advances

ME-TECH 2017 – the Middle East Technology Forum for Refining and Petrochemicals – will take place during 21-23 February 2017 in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.
 

SABIC to launch new dedicated LDPE foam grade

The product quality and consistency of foam grades, including security of supply, are key requirements for customers, in foam processing. The newly developed dedicated LDPE foam grades from SABIC will help customers address their specific needs.
 

Petrofac wins Oman gas project

Petrofac's scope of work will include construction of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) unit and associated facilities, including tie-ins to existing pipeline infrastructure, together with LPG storage and jetty facilities at the Port of Salalah.
 

Atlantic Council boosts UAE's energy leadership

Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum will bring together approximately 350 leading energy voices from the region and around the world.
 

Borouge showcases petchem innovations at ArabPlast

During ArabPlast 2017, Borouge employees were on hand at the company's pavilion to raise awareness on its plastics innovations. Visitors were shown various polymer grades that cater to infrastructure, energy, packaging, healthcare & agriculture sectors.
 

ENI uses Aspen DMC3 in refining operations

Achieving millions of dollars per year in advanced process control (APC) benefits, while reducing deployment and lifecycle maintenance costs, ENI implemented Aspen DMC3 with adaptive process control technology in its Sannazzaro refinery.
 

ExxonMobil unveils new gas dehydration technology

Representing a step-change in efficiency and significant reduction in operational footprint, the cMIST technology reduces the size, weight and cost of natural gas dehydration for land-based and offshore operations.
 

Technip wins Socar petrochemical unit contract

The engineering design of a plant with a capacity of 10 billion CMPA single train highly integrated, and a petrochemical plant, including a steam cracker with a capacity of 610 KTPA of ethylene and 120 KTPA of propylene, is the main feature of the work.
 

Gazprom starts Badra CGTP pre-commissioning work

The utilisation of associated petroleum gas at the Badra field is expected to reach 99 percent, once all gas infrastructure has been commissioned.
 

Dow innovation centre marks construction milestone

While officiating at the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the Dow Middle East Innovation Center (MEIC), Andrew Liveris, Dow chairman & CEO, made an important milestone for the completion of the superstructure, expected to be operational in the 2nd half of 2018.
 

Borouge fosters ArabPlast as principal sponsor

Borouge will demonstrate its experience in operating the completed Borouge 3 plant, after recently commissioning the state-of-the-art cross-linked polyethylene reactor, the first of its kind in the region.
 

Alfa Laval wins US$16.3 million Middle East order

The order, booked in the energy and process segment, has a value of approximately US$16.3 million and its delivery is scheduled for 2017 and 2018.
 

Twenty-eight French exhibitors to attend WFES, IWS

French companies affirm their presence in the Middle Eastern renewable energy, solar and water markets by attending the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit.
 

Bechtel honoured for Curtis Island LNG programme

S&P Global Platts honours Bechtel with ‘construction project of the year’ award for excellence in project execution and management in the delivery of a key energy infrastructure – the Curtis Island LNG programme.
 

Schneider joins Science-Based Targets initiative

Science-Based Targets initiative is supported by Carbon Disclosure Project, United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute, WWF.
 

Abu Dhabi to host inaugural sulphur conference

The inaugural Middle East Sulphur Conference will provide a unique platform to showcase the importance of sulphur as a vital commodity and provide thorough analysis of the entire sulphur value chain.
 

Iran's petchem exports to reach 20 million tonnes

Farnaz Alawi, director of the planning and development department at National Petrochemical Company, placed the figures for petrochemical products during this Iranian year at 50-51 million tonnes.
 

Borouge wins Sheikh Khalifa excellence award

An expert team of volunteer Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award assessors spent over 300 hours evaluating Borouge's journey towards excellence, including planning, on-site engagement and reporting
 

Commercial start-up of Laffan Refinery 2 announced

Laffan Refinery 2, alongside Laffan Refinery 1, is strategically important due to its role in diversifying Qatar’s energy mix, which will double the existing production capacity.
 

Aramco, Pertamina in JV development agreement

The joint venture development agreement was signed by Saudi Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser and Pertamina president-director and CEO Dwi Soetjipto at Pertamina's headquarters in Jakarta.
 

Egyptian nitrogen fertiliser complex commissioned

Thyssenkrupp hands over Egypt's largest nitrogen fertiliser complex.
 

Anellotech reveals catalyst lifetime breakthrough

The new MinFree technology reduces mineral content of biomass feedstocks, thereby enabling economic catalyst lifetimes and opens up the possibility to use many types of low-cost biomass feedstocks that contain high levels of well-known catalyst poisons.
 

KEF Holdings launches KEF Infra One

The US$100 million facility from KEF Infra, spanning one million square feet, will cater to infrastructure needs in India and the GCC markets.
 

Arab Potash, Sinochem Macau sign MoU

The memorandum between Arab Potash and Sinochem Macau details the annual quantities which are expected to be about 2.6 million tons of potash in total.
 

Honeywell gives scholarships at Cairo University

At the end of the current academic year, two of the students who receive scholarships will be selected for internships at Honeywell UOP’s research facilities in Chicago, and at Honeywell Process Solutions’ offices in Houston.
 

Competition rises in FCC gasoline post-treatment

The three brand new HyOctane catalysts from Haldor Topsoe include solutions for all steps in the process and squeeze more value out of any FCC gasoline post-treatment unit.
 

Muntajat, Total sign marketing agreement

According to an agreement signed recently by Muntajat and Total, starting from January 1, 2017, Muntajat will market a range of specialty polymers in the Middle East, including nine different grades of metallocene polyethylene & 12 grades of polystyrene.
 

RasGas CEO promotes LNG for clean energy in India

“RasGas is proud to support India’s transformation into a land powered by clean, reliable, gas-based energy,” says Hamad Mubarak Al Muhannadi, CEO, RasGas.
 

Technip, BP extend PTA alliance to acetic acid

Technip, in the framework of the PTA relationship with BP, has engineered approximately eight million tons per year of PTA capacity over a span of 20 projects.
 

Seven new members join Global Plastics Alliance

As seven new plastics industry associations join the Joint Declaration by the global plastics associations for solutions on marine litter, going forward, the group will operate as the Global Plastics Alliance.
 

Netherlocks, Smith Flow Control merge as Sofis

Two global leaders in the field of valve operations, Netherlocks Safety Systems and Smith Flow Control, have merged to form a new company, Sofis.
 

Delek Refining to use Honeywell CPS

Delek Refining will use Honeywell’s Connected Performance Services to improve refinery performance.
 

ENOC, CERT sign process technology training pact

Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training of Higher Colleges of Technology will provide foundation courses offering introductory skills for the engineering profession. ENOC will sponsor 30 national high-school / diploma graduates annually.
 

Sadara, Rufayah Chemicals Company sign partnership

Sadara will supply RCC with Aromatics Concentrate (Pygas) and Pyoil, generated from cracking naphtha, to be used by RCC in a new chemical complex planned for PlasChem Park, a collaborative effort between Sadara and Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.
 

Refining capacity rise to exceed demand: McKinsey

Based on the latest Global Downstream Outlook from McKinsey Energy Insights, the last two years have seen major shifts as a result of falling crude price, a subsequent rise in global product demand and the fuel / oil balance.
 

Amec FW receives Al Hosn expansion design contract

With the awarding of the design concept contract for additional gas processing capacity to Amec Foster Wheeler, the Al Hosn Gas plant expansion has taken a step closer.
 

New process industry product suite from AspenTech

Aspen Technology launches third suite focused on asset maintenance and process analytics, which combines robust process models and real-time operational data to deliver insight into asset availability and operational constraints.
 

Dow chairman reconfirms commitment to Saudi Arabia

Qualifying 25 products to date and shipping polyethylene to nearly 100 customers in more than 25 countries, Sadara has started its Mixed Feed Cracker and commissioned three polyethylene trains.
 

Innovations to drive chemical industry growth

During the 11th GPCA Forum in Dubai, Abdulaziz Judaimi, Business Line Head of Downstream, Saudi Armco, outlines four focus areas to achieve and sustain growth and competitiveness.
 

King Salman opens Sadara, Satorp

Creating investment and job opportunities in line with Saudi Vision 2030, Sadara and Satorp projects are among the biggest in their industries worldwide and will further stimulate Saudi Arabia’s economic growth.
 

Sadara fosters robust regional downstream industry

Fourteen of the 26 manufacturing units located in Sadara’s large industrial complex in Jubail Industrial City II will produce specialty chemicals and plastics, which were only available previously through imports to the Gulf region.
 

GCC petrochemical industry can become global force

Partnerships are more critical than ever, if GCC petrochemical companies are to thrive in today's intensely competitive global economy.
 

Thyssenkrupp presents new technologies at GPCA

Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions presented a strategic ‘marginal gains’ approach to improve plant performance as knowledge partner at the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association Annual Forum 2016.
 

Middle Eastern petrochemical industry to reshape

It is necessary for the GCC petrochemical producers to strengthen their product specialization skills for the benefit of not only their existing value chain but also of future value chains that will arise from the increased use of liquid feedstock.
 

Rockwell to invest $12mn in science & technology

Company has announced support for a number of global initiatives aimed at inspiring young people’s participation in STEM subjects
 

Dresser-Rand to supply compressor trains to Mexico

Siemens' owned compressor business has also inked 25-year long-term service agreement with Mexican project developer Fermaca Enterprises
 

Jacobs wins contract for $1bn MEGlobal plant

Company will provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for new manufacturing facility near Freeport, Texas
 

Mott MacDonald bags deal for new Shell projects

Engineering firm will offer services across a broad range of sectors including transport, energy, buildings and environment through 18 primary operation centres
 

Sabic signs deal for 38,000 cbm gas carrier

Vessel will be delivered by Ocean Yield ASA to Sabic's Houston base in December
 

Kuwait Petroleum to invest in Oman's Duqm refinery

Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Oman Oil Company for future cooperation on the project
 

Baker Hughes unveils new technology

Baker said its new series are designed to help oil and gas operators maintain dry oil and good water quality, while also stabilising operations and reducing costs
 

ADNOC plans increased downstream investment

Company will invest in new projects and expand its petrochemicals business over the next five years
 

EMGAS wins Dubai Chamber's CSR Award

Company receives recognition for the sixth consecutive year
 

Huawei empowers 'Smart Energy' with new offering

Company addressed intelligent industry transformation at its Global Energy Summit ahead of ADIPEC
 

Mettler Toledo opens new facility in Jafza

Newly launched Competence Centre will offer advanced analytical support for all industries operating in the Middle East and North Africa
 

ADIPEC: Honeywell highlights improved capabilities

American multinational technology provider plans active participation in conference and exhibition over the four-day event
 

ADIPEC: SPX Flow committed to Middle East region

US firm SPX Flow to showcase robust industrial solutions for oil and gas applications at region's biggest energy event
 

MENA petchem markets to grow at 6% CAGR by 2019

High demand for ethylene glycol production and polymer based products will drive growth in the downstream industry in the region
 

ADNOC opens two service stations in Sharjah

Refurbished facilities are the latest additions to the ADNOC Distribution network following the transfer of assets agreement signed with ENOC in 2015
 

McDermott opens new office in Saudi Arabia

Facility will add some 300 staff to company's existing workforce in the Kingdom
 

Sipchem starts up $30mn plant in Riyadh

Facility is owned and operated by the Saudi Specialized Products Company, an affiliate of Sipchem
 

FCI opens new Saudi joint venture

The company will be known as Fluid Components Saudi Arabia and offer services and support for all local and regional users of FCI instrumentation
 

Kuwait, Bahrain to build joint aromatics plant

The deal has been signed between PIC of Kuwait and the Bahraini National Oil and Gas Authority
 

Emerson introduces new Plantweb digital ecosystem

Technology comprises standards-based hardware, software, intelligent devices and services for the secure implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)
 

Sika Arabia celebrates 20-year anniversary

The occasion was marked at a gala dinner in Bahrain, which was attended by key dignitaries and company officials
 

ExxonMobil still evaluating US JV with Sabic

A potential agreement could see the construction of 1.8mn mt/year ethylene steam cracker on the US Gulf Coast
 

Honeywell recognises MENA partners

A number of companies in the Middle East and North Africa region involved in distributing or integrating Honeywell's solutions were recognised at EMEA Channel Partner Conference in The Hague
 

Honeywell to collaborate with Flowserve on IIoT

Two industrial giants will come together to solve some of the industry's most pressing challenges
 

Honeywell to open new Abu Dhabi facility in 2017

The new plant will be dedicated to locally manufactured products that would cater to the needs of the oil and gas sector alongside other industries in the region.
 

Honeywell Users Group event kicks off in The Hague

Event to highlight digital transformation for industrial controls
 

Addressing the cyber security challenge

As cyber threats become more and more sophisticated, it is no longer enough to simply invest in technology, writes Honeywell's cybersecurity expert Safdar Akhtar
 

Analysis: Iran's downstream revival

The Islamic Republic is seeking to regain its pre-sanctions position as top energy player in the region and globally
 

Orpic breaks ground on Liwa plastics complex

The 6.5bn project is the largest of the three investments undertaken by Orpic to fulfill its vision of building an Omani integrated refining and petrochemical business
 

Orpic names new chief executive

The new appointment will officially come into effect on January 1, 2017
 

Borouge highlights commitment to sustainability

Company says it remains committed to enhancing the well-being of communities while operating a sustainable business
 

Low GCC gas prices 'unsustainable' says report

Research by Strategy& suggests maintaining gas prices in the GCC below international level is not sustainable
 

Two killed, some missing at BASF chemical facility

An explosion at the company's German headquarters left two people dead and several more missing
 

Bahrain to host Bottom of the Barrel Conference

The event will take place on 26-27 October under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
 

KNPC to finalise $5bn loan by Q1, 2017

The cash will be used to fund its flagship clean fuels project set to come on stream in mid-2018
 

Orpic to start work on Liwa complex in January

Company will lay the foundation for the natural gas liquids extraction station in Fahud part of the $6.5bn complex
 

GAC sets new record at Dubai logistics division

The company handled a total of 1 million cubic metres of stock in the first eight months of 2016
 

ADNOC restarts gas for vehicles service

The offering was temporarily halted due to upgrade the fueling and service systems
 

GPCA Sustainability Conference starts in Dubai

Event will run from October 12th to 13th of October at Park Hyatt in Dubai Creek
 

Kuwait approves request to set up new oil company

Kuwait Integrated Petrochemical Industries Company will be part of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) managing the massive Al Zour refinery and adjacent petrochemical complex
 

Sabic to sell stake in Ibn Al-Baytar to Safco

The sale would give Safco full ownership of the firm, doubling its share of 50% currently
 

ADNOC raises LPG prices for September

Cylinders will retail at $13.34 (AED49) per 25lb up from $12.52 (46) earlier, and $26.68 (AED98 per 50lb) up from $25.05 (AED92)
 

Shell, Iran sign MoU for downstream cooperation

Oil and gas major agrees terms for joint petrochemical investments in Iran after months of negotiations
 

Orpic appoints new chief operating officer

Christiaan van der Wouden served as COO of the Al Karana petrochemical joint venture between Shell and QP which got scrapped last year
 

Saudi Aramco IPO to offer stake in entire company

Initial public offering would include shares from entire business not just refining and distribution
 

Qatar Energy Minister to open Gulf Safety Forum

Leading industry event will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Doha on 30-31 October
 

Awards 2016: GPCA awarded for best CSR initiative

The programme was selected among a host of highly competitive entries from the regional oil and gas industry
 

Awards 2016: Emerson bags HSE Product of the Year

Rosemount Guided Wave Radar Verification Service was the clear winner in this category
 

Awards 2016: Sadara named 2016 Project of the Year

Saudi Arabia's $20bn chemical complex won Downstream Project of the Year at the 2016 Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining and Petrochemicals Middle East Awards
 

Saudi's NATPET plans to tap European market

Company to showcase two new product grades at K Trade Fair
 

Awards 2016: Sipchem wins Sustainability award

Company was recognised for its newly-launched initiative 'Caring for the environment'
 

Industry leaders set to convene at O&G Awards

The gala event is taking place at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche on Oct. 5
 

Emerson acquires UK's Permasense

Company to become the largest provider of integrity and corrosion management technologies on the market
 

Egyptian General Petroleum secures $100mn loan

Three-year facility will be used to purchase LPG from local supplier
 

Gulf Petrochem expands into Belgium

UAE-based firm starts offering bunker supply services in the port of Antwerp with immediate effect
 

ENOC achieves AED 26mn in sustainability savings

The savings have been realised between now and 2012 through dedicated initiative across its group of companies
 

Qatar's LR2 refinery to come on stream by Oct-end

Commissioning is "99%" complete, with the plant likely to start up within the next two weeks
 

Tasnee subsidiary signs $1.9mn loans

Sharia-compliant facilities will be used to refinance company's debt
 

Honeywell confirms attendance at WETEX 2016

Company will showcase water and energy portfolio between 4-6 of October
 

8th CWC World LNG series held in Singapore

Event took place from September 20-23 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel attracting over 350 delegates and 44 panelists and speakers
 

Orpic reappoints Nazar Al Lawati as CFO

Nazar left the company earlier this year to become senior vice president of project development for GlassPoint Solar's international division
 

New $20mn chemical plant to be built in Egypt

The plant will be operated by TCI Sanmar Chemicals, part of the Sanmar Group headquartered in India
 

Equate seeks $3bn bond issue- report

Facility is expected to have a five-year tenor and will be awarded in 2016
 

Rockwell acquires US based software provider ACP

Acquisition is in line with company's growth strategy
 

Bahrain extends bidding for Sitra expansion

Deadline to submit bids for the expansion of Bahrain's 260,000 barrels-per-day refinery has been extended until 2016-end
 

DMCC Energy Club hosts 'Back to Business' event

Event will present great networking opportunities with leading professionals from around the region
 

$100mn crude storage terminal opens in Sharjah

The facility will be operated by Sharafco Petroleum, a Sharjah-based refining and trading company
 

Biofertilizers to grow at 13.3% CAGR until 2021

The global market for organic fertilizers is expected to reach $1.2bn over next five years
 

Siemens delivers its 1,000th gas turbine to Qatar

The equipment arrived at the Umm Al Houl combined cycle power plant in Qatar Economic Zone 3
 

Dow to exhibit new product portfolio at ATCE

The Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) is debuting in the Middle East on 26-28 September
 

GCC needs better access to financing, says report

Improved access to financing will be critical for diversification of GCC economies
 

Lanxess to acquire Chemtura for $2.5bn

Transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of both companies
 

DME lists two new fuel oil derivatives

The new contracts will allow traders to hedge the price differentials between Middle East and Singaporean fuel oil
 

UOP unveils new technology for higher grade fuels

The technology uses ionic liquids as a catalyst to produce high-octane motor fuels
 

Siemens receives order for Aramco's gas complex

Company will provide compressors for $2.1bn industrial gas complex in Jazan
 

Lanxess celebrates 90-year anniversary

Since its launch in 1926, the firm produced more than 13mn metric tonnes of pigments at its plant in Germany
 

UAE ratifies Paris Climate Change Agreement

The Minister of Climate Change and Environment submitted the cabinet's decision during the United Nations General Assembly in New York
 

Fujairah to publish weekly oil inventory data

The move is aimed at improving transparency and establishing the emirate as a global trading energy hub
 

ABB sells cables business to NKT cables for $934mn

Sell-out marks a shift in ABB's strategy from cable to wireless technology
 

UAE launches first VLCC jetty in Indian Ocean

The move comes in response to rising crude oil trade between the Middle East, Africa and Asia
 

Honeywell unveils new product offering

The new launch is designed to improve performance at refineries, petrochemical and gas processing plants
 

Aramco contains fire at Ras Tanura oil terminal

Eight workers have sustained injuries, including six contractors and two Aramco employees
 

Challenging times ahead for fertilizer producers

Global and regional players should brace for a period of slow growth and sluggish demand, warn experts at the 7th GPCA Fertilizer Convention in Dubai
 

ENOC to raise refining capacity by 50%

Expansion of Jebel Ali refinery could cost more than $1bn
 

OpEx remains key driver in O&G sector- EPC

Since the oil price fall in 2015, the industry has been looking for ways to increase efficiency and maximise profitability of their assets
 

Iran plans to expand liquid feedstock capacity

Move is in line with growing demand from the country's downstream industry to produce wider variety of petrochemical products
 

Climate change puts energy sector under pressure

Climate-change policy commitments are putting unprecedented strain on the energy sector, says the World Energy Council
 

BP unveils new carbon reduction technology

The line includes three different products designed to provide what the company described as "a more sustainable solution for the polyester value chain"
 

Four injured in Iran petrochem plant fire

The blaze broke out on Wednesday at Iran's Mobin Petrochemical complex in the southern port of Assaluyeh
 

QP eyes stake in Eni's gas assets- report

Qatar Petroleum is reportedly seeking a share in Eni's Mozambique fields
 

Saudi's NAMA raises capital for expansion

Company aims to boost liquidity by as much as 30%
 

Aramco in lead to buy Houston refinery- report

The sale is expected to be announced this week by plant operator Lyondell Basell
 

SABIC sells polymershapes unit to US firm

Transaction is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2016
 

GPCA Fertilizer Convention kicks off in Dubai

The annual event organised by the GPCA Fertilizer Committee is set to take place between 6-8 September at the Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City
 

Yemen's Aden refinery restarts operations- report

The plant was shut down for over a year due to escalating violence
 

ABB appoints first chief digital officer

Guido Jouret is an IoT expert and former head of technical operations at Nokia Technologies
 

Honeywell boosts production at Turkish refinery

Plant was equipped with new UOP unit that can produce 75,000 barrels per day of middle distillate products, including Jet A-1 aviation fuel and Euro V diesel fuel
 

Kuwait's MPs to challenge fuel price hike- report

Several Members of Parliament are expected to file grilling motions over the government's decision to raise gasoline prices by as much as 83%
 

Saudi dominates GCC's fertilizer production- GPCA

Kingdom accounts for 44% of region's manufacturing portfolio
 

Aramco in talks to build refinery in China

An agreement is expected to be reached before the end of 2016
 

SABIC: coal-to-chemicals project will cost $3-4bn

Planned joint venture between Saudi Basic Industries Corp. and China's Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group (SNCG) will require significant capital investment to get off the ground
 

Fire breaks out at Iran's petchem complex- report

It is the second such incident on the plant in less than two months
 

Kuwait implements new petrol prices

Government announced in August it would raise gasoline prices by more than 80%
 

SABIC obtains permission for Chinese complex

Saudi petchem giant is set to build its first ever coal-to-chemicals complex that would use locally available feedstock and SABIC's technology
 

Masdar tests novel biodiesel chemical reactor

Reactor was designed to convert waste cooking oil into high-quality biodiesel in less time and with less energy
 

Series of oil & gas events arrive in Middle East

Set to take place between November this year and May 2017, the events will cover a wide range of markets including condensates, naphtha and base oil among others
 

Dutch firm completes first Al Zour contract

The project awarded in 2014 was Phase 1 of KNPC's $16bn+ investment programme
 

ArabPlast 2017 calls for more industry innovation

GCC's petrochemical industry needs to innovate in order to reach its full potential, say organisers of region's leading event
 

Saudi's Chemanol refinances Sharia-compliant debt

New facility has a higher profit rate and can be repaid in ten semi annual installments
 

Nakilat delivers five vessels to Qatar's NPP

The vessels are part of an eleven-vessel order for Qatar's $7.4bn New Port Project
 

Orpic achieves major safety milestone

Company recorded five million man hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) at its Muscat Sohar Product Pipeline (MSPP) project
 

UAE fuel prices set to rise in September

Petrol will increase by 2 fils for each grade, while diesel will drop by 4 fils
 

Sadara starts up first Saudi mixed feed cracker

Facility is capable of chaning between gas and liquid feedstock, something that has never been done in this region before
 

Sabic highlights commitment to job creation

Senior company official said company remains committed to creating more employment opportunities for young Saudis and further developing the Kingdom's manufacturing sectors
 

Schneider unveils new tool for process industries

Software as a Service technology was designed to help operators collect critical process data
 

Lanxess plans to double capacity at German plant

The plant specialises in the production of reverse osmosis (RO) membrane used in water purification processes
 

ENOC refinery receives international accreditation

Refinery is the first in the UAE to receive ISO certification for quality laboratory control
 

First of its kind lube oil software unveiled in ME

Software brings equipment data from locations around the world to provide maintenance advice and prevent machine failures
 

Qatar's Nakilat signs deal for LNG, LPG carriers

Company to equip its vessels with state of the art telecommunication systems which it says would result in significant cost savings
 

UOP to produce new catalysts for cleaner fuels

New hydrotreating technology will allow refined petroleum products to meet stringent international regulations
 

Dutch firm pioneers fraud protection service

Petrol Storage Broker has launched a new approach to risk management in response to growing number of frauds in the oil and gas sector
 

Wood Group bags new contract from SABIC in UK

Company will provide engineering design services to SABIC's Teesside complex in Wilton
 

Iran starts construction of $1bn petrochem plant

The Gachsaran plant will have a capacity of 5,000 tons of formic acid and 500 tons of vinyl acetate and generate over 400 jobs
 

Indonesia signs new deal with Iran

Sate-run energy firm Pertamina will import refined petroleum and petrochemical products from Iran's Petrochemical Commercial Company
 

Saudi, US step up plans for joint investments

Saudi Arabia is actively seeking partnerships with foreign firms to reduce its reliance on oil and diversify its economy
 

ENOC sets out new five-year growth strategy

New plan aims to support domestic and international expansion, as well as Dubai's growing demand for fuel in the run up to Expo 2021
 

Aramco likely to sign deals for two projects

British oilfield contractor Petrofac and Spanish EPC giant Tecnicas Reunidas are in line to win the contracts
 

Honeywell opens Automation College in Kuwait

Facility will offer more than 300 courses designed to address the challenges of local oil, gas and automation industries
 

Iraq starts up power generation plant

Facility will use previously flared gas to produce electricity for the power hungry nation
 

Oman's Liwa plastics complex delayed to 2020

Initial estimates suggested the project would be completed by Q2, 2019
 

Orpic studying expansion of Al Jifnain terminal

Oman's state-run refiner is looking to add one million cubic metres (m3) of additional storage capacity to meet growing demand for fuel in the country
 

Iran blames banks for slow EU exports

Tehran accuses European banks of lack of cooperation, says its petrochemical exports to EU states have suffered as a result
 

Petrotech 2016 conference programme announced

A strong line up of speakers and a four-day programme of events have been revealed for the 10th Middle East Petrotech 2016 Conference and Exhibition
 

Sales at Saudi-German joint venture drop 14%

Company blamed ongoing price pressures for synthetic rubber, and plant outages at one of its Asian suppliers for the decline
 

Nissan unveils first solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle

Van runs on bio-ethanol electric power, and is compatible with multiple fuel types, including ethanol and natural gas
 

Sohar refinery project delayed until Q1 2017

Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP) in Oman will fail to meet estimated completion date in 2016-end due to a delay, Oil Minister Mohammad al-Rumhy has said
 

Kuwait's fuel reforms likely to face opposition

Government's recent announcement to raise gasoline prices by as much as 83% from September might meet resistance
 

MEGlobal breaks ground on $1bn US facility

The plant being built at the Dow Oyster Creek site in Freeport,Texas is expected to start operations in late 2019
 

Orpic invites bids for flare gas recovery system

The successful bidder will be awarded a contract for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) of the flare gas recovery unit at Sohar refinery
 

GCC fertilizer capacity to expand 14% by 2021

Production capacity is set to expand to 43.1mn tonnes in the next five years, finds a new report by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association
 

Egypt dismisses rumours of refinery IPO

There are no plans to list shares of state-owned Cairo Oil Refining Company, Petroleum Ministry said
 

Fire breaks out at Iran petchem complex

Incident is the latest in a string of fires on petrochemical and storage facilities in the country
 

Dow named official carbon partner for the Olympics

US chemical giant eyes 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emission reducitons and a further 1.5mn tonnes in the form of primary or secondary climate benefits
 

Emerson makes donation to Malaysian university

Company donated unlimited licenses of its reservoir management software as part of its efforts to support the next generation of geoscientists in the region
 

New process enables chemicals poduction from LNG

Engineered ceramic-based conversion approach makes the direct, non-oxidative conversion of gas to liquids possible for the first time
 

Zanganeh blames fires on lack of HSE funding

Insufficient investment in health and safety is to blame for recent incidents on two petrochemical sites in Iran, oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has said
 

Siemens wins $225.5mn contract for KNPC project

Company has upgraded the high-voltage substations at Mina Al Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah refineries as part of Kuwait's Clean Fuels Project
 

Study reveals environmental cost of plastics

Scientists have found that the environmental impact of plastics used in consumer goods and packaging is four times lower compared to alternative materials
 

Kuwait's gasoline prices to rise 83% in September

Move comes as government seeks to reduce impact of low oil prices on its budget
 

Ten people in hospital after fire at petchem plant

Two of the injured are reportedly in critical condition following the July 7 blaze at Iran's Bu Ali Sina petrochemical complex
 

EPC confirm dates for key event in Bahrain

This year's Bottom of the Barrel Technology Conference will take place on 26-27 October at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manama
 

Sipchem releases first ever sustainability report

Report reflects the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, society and environment
 

PetroRabigh announces new president and CEO

Company's current chief executive has resigned effective September 1
 

AkzoNobel acquires ownership of coatings firm

Company raised its stake in Egypt-based Akzo Nobel Powder Coatings SAE to 100% from 60% previously
 

Gulf Petrochem to provide bunkering in Dutch port

UAE-based company will offer its services in the port city of Rotterdam, out of its new office based in Dordrecht
 

SNC-Lavalin wins five-year contract from Oryx GTL

Deal was signed with SNC's local affiliate Qatar Kentz, which will provide engineering consultancy and support services at the site
 

ORPIC kicks off major new training programme

Initiative will see global technical training firm GP Strategies prepare employees for senior leadership roles
 

ExxonMobil, SABIC eye joint venture investment

Companies are looking to invest in a multi-million dollar petrochemical joint venture on the US' Gulf Coast
 

SABIC Q2 net profit drops 23% year on year

Revenue in the six months of 2016 stood at $1.26bn, down from $1.65 for the same period the year before
 

Unique Group acquires Singaporean tech firm

Deal marks the third acquisition that the company has made in the last nine months
 

Revealed: Top 10 risks in the oil & gas industry

Operating in technically challenging environments was identified as number one concern for energy companies in MENA
 

ENOC signs distribution agreement with DTA

Dubai Trade Agreement to be a key distributor of ENOC's marine lubricants
 

Chinese refined products flood global markets

Country's total exports of refined fuels jumped 38% year on year to 4.2mn tonnes in June
 

Kuwait Styrene Company secures $280mn loan

The credit facility was issued by the National Bank of Kuwait and will be used to improve the company's competitiveness, according to CEO Adel Al-Munifi
 

QAPCO on track to expand Mesaieed complex

Phase 3 of the expansion is expected to raise QAPCO's ethylene capacity to approximately 1.2mn metric tonnes per annum (MTPA), and add an extra 400,000 MTPA by 2016-end
 

ENOC wins award for health and safety innovation

Company was recognised for developing a system for the faster and safer refuelling of aircrafts
 

Construction starts on $2.1bn Saudi gas complex

Facility to supply energy and feedstock for Saudi Aramco's Jazan refinery and terminal
 

Dow Chemicals joins Net Zero Initiative

Initiative seeks to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide
 

Iran's Oil Minister to speak at key industry event

Three-day conference will shed light on the highly disputed Iran Petroleum Contract
 

Jotun Powder Coatings:Staying on top of their game

Decades of industry experience and innovation are helping Jotun remain competitive despite challenging economic conditions, says company's global concept director Richard Cowl
 

Siemens appoints new CFO for the Middle East

Newly appointed Alia Al Rifai will look after the company's financial portfolio in the region
 

SABIC: oil-to-chemicals supports Saudi Vision 2030

Planned joint project between Saudi Aramco and Saudi Basic Industries will play a crucial role in realising the Kingdom's vision to diversify its economy, according to SABIC's chairman
 

ADNOC cuts unsubsidised LPG prices

Company said 50lb bottles will retail at AED86, down from AED92 previously, while 25lb cylinders saw only a slight decrease - from AED46 to AED43
 

ExxonMobil names new boss of fuels business

Bryan Milton, 51, to replace Alan Kelly who has served as president of ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties Company since December 2007
 

MEGlobal selects Dow's technology for new US plant

Dow will supply its cost efficient Meteor technology for MEGlobal's new monoethylene glycol plant on the US Gulf Coast
 

Jotun wins contract for two EURONAV vessels

The agreement will see Samsung-built sister ships receive coatings from Jotun's advanced Hull Performance line
 

Lanxess expands product range with new stabiliser

New product has been designed to better protect plastics against hydrolysis
 

Saudi to further expand China energy investments

Oil Minister Khalid Al Falih met with China's Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli and other officials in Beijing during a G20 ministerial meeting
 

DME concludes latest auction of Oman crude

Global traders bid through DME Auctions for one million barrels of oil
 

Iran-Oman ties deepen, create downstream ops

Investments in the field of car manufacturing could create demand for the Sultanate's fast expanding plastics sector
 

Malaysia's 1MDB, IPIC attempt to resolve dispute

The two government investment funds are embroiled in a dispute over a billion-dollar-plus debt restructuring
 

Saudi Arabia plans country-wide gas pipeline

Project would target large cities first meeting demand from households and private and public companies
 

RSA-TALKE signs storage deal with Dow

Range of chemical products will be shipped from Dow's production sites globally and stored at specialised chemical warehouses in Dubai South
 

Aramco, SABIC eye crude-oil-to-chemicals plant

Saudi Arabia's industrial giants have agreed to study the feasibility of the project which could cost up to $30bn
 

BASF helps build world's first 3D-printed office

Company provided innovative construction technology which was used to combine various components of the structure together
 

Gulf Petrochem unveils new engine oil in MEA

So called 'K-Oil' has been servicing engines, spare parts and gensets in India for over 15 years
 

Pertamina to sign deal with Iran in July

State-run firm plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with the National Iranian Oil Company to evaluate two blocks
 

Dow awarded first trading license by Saudi Arabia

Company would be allowed 100% ownership of any company it chooses to establish on the territory of the Kingdom
 

GA-EMS wins order for Sohar refinery in Oman

Company will replace an eight-year-old filtration system as part of the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project
 

LUX Assure secures $3.2mn investment

Funding will be provided by a group of international oil companies and financial institutions, including ConnocoPhillips, Statoil and the Scottish Investment Bank
 

Oman Oil ships first crude from Musandam plant

Some 300,000 barrels of oil were shipped after first being processed at the Musandam gas plant
 

ADNOC reopens two service stations in Abu Dhabi

Stations, which underwent routine maintenance and fuel tanks checks, have been equipped with smart systems
 

Oil & Gas Awards unveil three new categories

New additions will aim to highlight achievement across the downstream and upstream oil and gas industries in the reagion
 

Borouge signs deal for ethylene expansion project

Wison Engineering, a Chinese chemical engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm, has been awarded the contract
 

Kuwait revises 50-year old Public Tenders Law

Changes aim to make the law more appealing to foreign investors
 

GPIC profit down to a quarter year on year

Company saw revenue drop to $47.5mn down from $190mn the year before
 

Bapco launches bidding for $5bn refinery expansion

Project is part of the Bapco Modernisation Program (BMP) and aims to boost processing capacity of the country's only oil refinery to 360,000 barrels per day
 

French bank to advise Egypt on $5.9bn complex

Manufacturing facility will be located in Egypt's new Suez Economic Development Zone, where raw materials will be unloaded, processed, and shipped to both domestic and international markets
 

Jacobs wins three-year contract from Sahara

US-based firm to provide engineering, procurement, construction and other services to Sahara's Jubail facilities
 

Total found guilty of 2009 blast, fined $225,000

Fire, which took place at petrochemical plant in the east of France, killed two and injured six
 

Kuwait orders probe into scrapped deal with Dow

Scuppered joint venture deal resulted in $2.2bn fine being paid to US chemical giant by Kuwait
 

ENOC's CEO named chairman of Gulf Energy Maritime

Role rotates every three years between the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and ENOC, two of GEM's major shareholders
 

ENOC plans to expand lubricants business

ENOC Lubricants Marketing currently has presence in 60 countries across the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, the CIS and India
 

QAPCO achieves 20mn LTI-free man hours

Safety milestone was celebrated by QAPCO's employees and stakeholders at the company's petrochemical complex in Mesaieed, Qatar
 

Gazprom jet fuel subsidiary renews deal with ENOC

Supply deal for refueling ENOC's partner airlines at international airports in Russia was extended by two years
 

GPCA: Concerted effort needed to combat littering

The GCC has seen an increase in litter in recent years, says Dr Al-Sadoun, Secretary General of the GPCA
 

Saipem wins $209mn contract for Rabigh 2 project

Italian EPC contractor will build a processing plant, caustic soda disposal unit and chemicals storage facilities
 

Oman crude price up nearly 100% from January lows

Front-month July contract prices were the highest since October last year
 

ENOC Global Marine signs exclusive deal with GAC

Company's bunker fuel trading arm was appointed as ENOC’s exclusive sales agent and distributor for marine lubricants in South Africa
 

Oilfield specialty chemicals to grow at 3.7% CAGR

The growth is expected to come from increased activities in exploration and production along with rise in unconventional drilling
 

Lanxess invests $9mn to expand storage capacity

Firm built new tank farm and unloading station for its phosphoric acid ester plant near the company headquarters in Cologne, Germany
 

Total and Dubai Police launch road safety campaign

The 'Sudden Deviation Campaign' will run throughout June, covering most of the Holy Month of Ramadan
 

Borouge unveils 2021 Sustainability Goals

Move aimed at driving efficiency, performance and profitability across the company's entire value chain and operations
 

South Korea's crude imports from Iran jump 113.5%

The increase was estimated between January and April 2016 compared to the same period a year ago
 

Report: Saudi Arabia approves economic reforms

Kingdom's Council of Economic and Development Affairs has reportedly approved the final draft of the National Transformation Plan, part of Saudi Vision 2030
 

Bahrain replaces Mirza as oil minister

The Kingdom named Sheikh Mohammed as his replacement and appointed Mirza as Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs
 

Sadara to deploy Motorola communication system

Company will provide complete communications network across Sadara's 26 integrated manufacturing plants and associated port facility
 

Dow marks World Environmental Day

Company aims to raise awareness on regional environment challenges and recognise the importance of driving sustainable development worldwide
 

GE makes Pakistan's Engro key industrial partner

Engro has investments in agriculture, fertilizers, foods, energy, chemical storage and petrochemicals
 

Emerson opens new high-tech facilities in JAFZA

New Education and Solutions Centres are equipped with innovations like augmented reality and 3D imaging
 

ADNOC delegation visits Japan, S. Korea

Company said purpose of visit was to explore new opportunities in oil, gas, refining and petrochemicals
 

Aramco set to build JV manufacturing facility

High-end forging & casting manufacturing centre will be the region's first of its kind
 

Norwegian O&G firm closes in on $600mn Iran deal

Norway's Hemla Vantage is looking to sign a joint venture deal with Iranian petrochemical group to produce LNG and LPG from its gas-rich offshore fields
 

Sabic signs deal for petrochem complex in China

Project to be jointly developed with Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group (SNCG) and use coal as feedstock
 

IBM signs 10-year technology deal with Sipchem

Saudi International Petrochemical Company will use IBM’s cloud, mobile, analytics and security platforms and services to support its ambitious efficiency and growth strategy
 

IFC to invest $25mn in Egypt's Carbon Holding

Move comes as part of plans to commit $2bn in the country, and look for more ways to provide financing for the petrochemical firm
 

Equate says GCC petchem sales exceed $89bn in 2015

Sector grew 9.5% in the ten years between 2005 and 2015, while production volumes reached over 150mn metric tonnes, according to CEO Mohammed Hussain
 

Iran awards $2.2bn petchem deal to Germany's ADKL

Company is set to build and provide the technology for a complex capable of producing 3,250 tonnes of urea and 2,050 tonnes of ammonia daily
 

Oman approves 35% tax on petrochemical firms

Move comes as the Sultanate prepares for an $8.6bn budget deficit
 

Sadara signs supply deal with Saudi-Korean JV

Joint venture firm plans to build a chemical production facility in PlasChem Park in Jubail Industrial City 2
 

Technip awarded contract for Saudi Kayan complex

French firm will provide basic engineering and proprietary equipment for grassroots ethylene cracking furnace at the complex
 

Orpic signs deals for $2.5mn Liwa Cultural Centre

Contract was awarded to Wahat Khat al Shamal Trading Company at Sohar Industrial Port
 

Sabic opens new research centre in The Netherlands

Facility has been equipped with latest research technology and will focus on innovations in chemistry and materials
 

GPCA names Sabic CEO Al- Benyan as chairman

Yousef Al- Benyan is taking over from Rashed Al Shamsi, former petrochemicals director at ADNOC
 

DME approves ABN AMRO to issue LCs from Singapore

ABN AMRO will now be able to issue Letters of Credit directly from Singapore to guarantee deliveries of Oman blend crude oil through the Dubai exchange
 

DuPont holds safety event for Heriot-Watt students

Seminar was prepared to educate students on safety procedures observed in oil, gas, mechanical, chemical and petrochemical operations
 

Sabic replaces United boss month after deadly fire

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. has reportedly fired Adel Al-Shiraidi, president of United Petrochemical Co., one month after deadly fire at the plant killed 12 people and injured 11 more
 

Hempel unveils new linings range

The Hempaline Defend Vinyl Ester range is designed for tough industrial applications
 

Takreer to build $263.5mn waste treatment plant

Plant will handle industrial waste from all refining facilities at ADNOC's Ruwais complex located 250km west of Abu Dhabi
 

Bapco signs deal for gasoline blending hub

The joint venture agreement was signed with UK-based large-scale blender Greenenergy
 

Aramco, Pertamina award contract for $5bn JV

Detailed engineering design was awarded to British consultancy, engineering and project management company Amec Foster Wheeler Energy
 

DME announces first Fujairah fuel oil trade

Deal was seen as key to the development of the emirate into a global trading hub
 

Protests halt production at three Total refineries

Oil workers have shut down some units in a sign of protest against proposed labour law changes
 

Aramco, SABIC: no plans to merge petchem business

Saudi Arabia's top industrial giants denied media reports claiming the companies might merge their petrochemical operations
 

ENOC signs contract with Al Futtaim Logistics

Deal was signed between Tasjeel, a business unit of ENOC Retail, and UAE-based logistics provider Al Futtaim
 

Honeywell targets Saudi market with new technology

Insulation technology can improve energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings
 

Satorp awards Jacobs two-year contract

Company to provide general engineering services for low capex projects at Jubail Industrial City II
 

GE sets sustainability milestone at Dammam centre

Facility is being equipped with intelligent light controls that can generate savings of 640 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions
 

AVEVA signs business partnership with Omnix Int

The firm will offer AVEVA's software to oil and gas customers in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar
 

Businesses should invest in diverse workforce- Hay

Companies can benefit significantly from a truly diverse workforce, says recruiting expert Hays
 

Sipchem hopes to sign $480mn sukuk issue in June

Cash could be used to finance potential acquisitions in the Kingdom
 

KPI: integration is a must in volatile markets

Current challenges have made downstream integration an important factor for all companies in the GCC, according to senior executive with Kuwait Petroleum International
 

Emerson unveils hybrid laser analyser

The Rosemount CT5100 is the world's only hybrid analyser to combine tunable diode laser and quantum cascade laser
 

Case Study: Mina Al Fahal refinery, ORPIC

ArabianOilandGas finds out how ORPIC managed to achieve the highest utilisation rate at one of Oman's oldest refineries
 

Petrochemicals rise on higher crude oil prices

Petrochemical spot prices made significant gains in April as crude jumped 3.6% from the month before
 

Global industrial gases market to grow at 6% CAGR

The growth will come between now and 2022 on the back of rapid industrialisation and growing global population
 

Iran eyes 40% share of Middle East LPG exports

Production of liquefied petroleum gas is expected to rise significantly when new phases of South Pars come on stream
 

Aramco upgrades control system at Abqaiq plants

Compex is the world's largest oil processing and crude stabilisation facility
 

Aramco and Sabic to sign MoU for joint project

Project would allow petrochemical products to be produced directly from crude oil instead of refining it into intermediate feedstocks such as naphtha
 

Evonik buys Air Products specialty unit for $3.8bn

Company says acquisition will grant it access to high-margin specialty and coating additives market in North America
 

BASF opens Abu Dhabi office with partner Kanoo

New office to be housed in Nation Towers near the Corniche
 

Reliability key for petrochemicals logistics: GPCA

GCC downstream industry needs to focus on reliability to stay competitive and overcome challenges, say experts
 

VAT won't disrupt downstream businesses - expert

Introduction of 5% Value Added Tax unlikely to cause disruption to refining and petrochemical operations in the GCC
 

DMCC Energy Club hosts oil outlook seminar in May

Event will look at future outlook for crude oil markets and how regional geopolitics are likely to impact prices
 

First Chinese refiner trades Omani crude on DME

The Chinese government allowed independent refiners to import crude oil for the first time earlier this year
 

O&G Awards unveil first ever downstream category

Downstream Project of the Year will aim to select the most outstanding, ambitious and game-changing project in the refining and petrochemical sectors in the Middle East
 

Primus Green Energy signs deal with Tauber Oil

Company will use Primus gas-to-liquid technology to produce high value methanol from low-cost shale gas
 

Sabic highlights sustainability efforts

Company highlighted HSE milestones in its 2015 Sustainability Report
 

Penspen wins key downstream project from ADNOC

Company will provide detailed design and engineering services for some of the main ports and depots in the UAE
 

Saudi to be world's second largest refiner by 2018

Country's exports of refined petroleum products are expected to reach 3mn barrels per day in next two years
 

Oryx GTL recognises young talent in Qatar

Company awarded five university graduates for their contribution to Qatar's 2030 Vision
 

Kuwait opens $100mn blending plant in Belgium

Plant will be operated by Q8 Oil, a subsidiary of Kuwait's international downstream firm KPI
 

GPCA Supply Chain Conference kicks off in Dubai

Event is set to highlight the role of supply chain efficiency in GCC's downstream sector
 

ADNOC opens new convenience store in Abu Dhabi

Outlet is the tenth of its kind in the 365 convenience store chains in the UAE capital
 

Borouge reaffirms commitment to Chinese market

Company remains focused on logistics, security of supply, production capacity and innovation
 

Orpic achieves major safety milestone

Company recorded 20 million man hours without any accidents at its Sohar Refinery Improvement Project
 

Firm launches world's first solar-powered pump

New technology was unveiled in the Middle East for the first time
 

omanoil to build new terminal in Dhofar, Oman

Medium-size facility will be utilised for marine bunkering and product trading
 

Milaha Gas & Petrochem sees revenue jump 63% in Q1

Net profit grew by 23%, driven by investment in two LNG carriers in H2, 2015
 

PetroRabigh starts operations at expanded cracker

Expansion will increase ethane processing capacity to 125mn scfd
 

PetroRabigh reports $8.7mn loss in Q1

Company posted net profit of $57.7mn for the same period the year before
 

Qatargas brings first MBR wastewater plant to GCC

Facility is first if its kind to use Membrane Bio-Reactor (MBR) technology
 

Milaha wins contract extension with Muntajat

Company to export over 150,000 TEU of petrochemicals from Qatar
 

Cyberhawk marks oil & gas first in Qatar

Company conducted first ever drone inspection of an onshore refinery in March
 

Apicorp acquires controlling stake at UK tech firm

Acquisition is part of company's plans to rebalance its portfolio through geographical diversification of its equity investments
 

Kuwait's oil output drops by 2/3 amid protests

Production fell to 1.1mn barrels per day from its usual 3mn
 

BASF signs MoU worth $6.7bn with Iran- report

German company has reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an Iranian petrochemical firm for the construction of large scale downstream complex
 

Fire at Sabic subsidiary kills 12, injures 11

Plant is operated by United Petrochemical Company, subsidiary of Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp
 

ADNOC's Al Abraj station closes for maintenance

Closure part of periodic maintenance across the country and could last up to 20 days
 

GPCA calls for better supply chain efficiencies

Petrochemical producers should focus on optimising their supply chain processes if they are to retain export market share, says the GPCA
 

KNPC: refinery units closure unrelated to strikes

Company said it had to shut down some units at its Al Ahmadi refinery for routine maintenance
 

Now is the time to invest in Iran- report

Country's plans to develop non-oil sector and diversify economy offer great opportunities for foreign investors
 

Aramco is laying groundwork for IPO, says report

Company's recent move to consolidate its downstream assets have been seen as part of its plan to prepare itself for an initial public offering
 

ADNOC opens new service station in Abu Dhabi

Al Manara station is the newest addition to the company's network in the emirate
 

Total launches two new engine oils at Dubai event

Company unveiled the Quartz 9000 Future FGC for gasoline engines and the Rubia Fleet HD 500 20W50 for diesel vehicles
 

PDO awards $370mn contract to L&T India subsidiary

Deal was signed with L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering, a subsidiary of Indian construction giant Larsen and Toubro
 

India could invest $20bn in Iran's energy sector

South Asian country interested in petrochemicals, ports and crude oil imports
 

Al Madina Logistics awarded contract by Oman Oil

Company to provide outsourced storage services for petroleum derivatives and engine oil
 

Iran plans 14 petrochemical projects in 2016-17

Projects will raise petchem capacity in the country by about 6 to 7mn tonnes
 

Borouge honours employees in field of innovation

Fifty-eight employees were awarded for generating innovative ideas and contributing to the company's development
 

Dow wins US Water Prize

Company recognised for contributions to sustainable water management in the US
 

Evoqua scoops contract for Orpic's Sohar project

Deal was signed with an undisclosed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor
 

Aramco, Sabic mull joint refinery in Yanbu

Plant will produce chemical products directly from crude oil
 

GCC called on to invest in specialty chemicals

ArabianOilandGas.com spoke to BCG's energy expert Mirko Rubeis about the region-wde benefits of developing the specialty chemicals sector
 

Saudi Arabia, Egypt to sign $21.5bn energy deals

$20bn to go towards meeting Egypt's energy demands and $1.5bn will be invested in projects in the Sinai
 

KNPC eyeing "good profits" in 2016

Although financial results haven't been reviewed yet, Kuwait's top refiner expects to see sizable earnings
 

Sabic starts trial operations at Kemya plant

Trials have begun at the carbon black and utilities unit of the Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company rubber plant
 

Epicor bags contracts for next-gen ERP software

Firm was selected by Gemini Technical Industries (GTI) and Sahara Trading Company for its Epicor ERP software
 

Aramco completes joint venture deal with Lanxess

Equally owned synthetic rubber company was launched on April 1
 

Orpic to commission Al Jifnain facility in 2017

Project was expected to be completed by the end of this year
 

MEGlobal to build new facility at Dow's US site

Plant has an estimated cost of $1bn and will employ around 50 new workers
 

Dow named one of UAE's Top Employers for 2016

Company was recognised for its excellence in creating favourable working conditions for its employees
 

Aramco and Shell agree to split Motiva assets

Aramco owns a 50% stake in the refining and marketing venture through its subsidiary Saudi Refining Inc
 

ENOC to expand Al Maktoum Int'l jet fuel pipeline

Through its subsidiary Horizon Terminals, ENOC will start constrction of 16km pipeline extension by 2016-end
 

Orpic celebrates graduation of 320 Omani trainees

Company trains new batch of nationals every year as part of its localisation, In Country Value (ICV) and talent development strategy
 

Dow to showcase sour gas technology at SOGAT

Company will present technical paper and exhibit some of its proprietary technology at this year's event
 

ENOC considering Jebel Ali refinery expansion

Expansion will take refinery's total capacity to 215,000 barrels per day
 

Chemours to take part in ME Coatings Show

Event is taking place in Dubai World Trade Centre from March 14 to 16
 

Analysis: Europe's refining fix

As companies like Total prepare to bid farewell to some of their old refineries, are GCC producers well placed to step in and take advantage?
 

Safco eyeing Sabic shares in Saudi fertilizer firm

Company is looking to take full ownership of the 50:50 joint venture
 

Qatargas reports two safety milestones at Laffan

Refinery marked two years without any recordable injury and more than six years without any lost time incidents
 

Aramco CEO hails new era for downstream sector

The rise of specialty chemicals and an emerging conversion industry are adding new dimension to Saudi's petrochemical sector
 

Aramco mulls refineries in India, Southeast Asia

Company looking to build plants in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam
 

Innovation:an imperative for downstream industries

Medhat Tannous, senior R&D director at Honeywell UOP, discusses the role of innovation in shaping and advancing the GCC's downstream sector
 

GPCA celebrates 10th anniversary

Since its inception, the association has grown from 8 founding members to 250
 

Egypt seeks $325mn loans for Assiut refinery

Complex has been valued at around $1.6 billion
 

UAE opens world's first food and fuel facility

Innovative project will use waste water from fish and shrimp to develop new kind of aviation biofuel
 

Borealis posts record high profits in 2015

Profits jumped 73% on strong margins and high contribution from base chemicals
 

Dow ships first Saudi batch of reverse osmosis

New produciton facility opened in December last year next to Sadara in Jubail Industrial City 2
 

Oil likely to recover to $55 a barrel in Q1 2017

Prices are expected to remain weak in the short-term
 

ABB wins $100mn contract in Iraqi Kurdistan

Contract was awarded by Mass Global Holding based in Erbil
 

Sabic broadens product portfolio

Company adds a new type of fibre-reinforced thermoplastic tapes
 

Petrochemical producers face major supply glut

Market oversupply persists as Chinese demand remains sluggish
 

GCC producers open to outside innovation- survey

Local chemical producers more willing than ever to collaborate with experts from various fields and foster Open Innovation
 

Kuwait's PIC chairman assumes CEO role

Mohammad Al-Farhoud succeeds Asaad Al-Saad who has held the position since 2013
 

Borouge highlights commitment to innovation

Investments in research is key during difficult times, according to senior company official
 

3rd GPCA Innovation Summit kicks off in Dubai

Two-day event will focus on the role of innovation in region's petrochemical industry
 

Aramco raises propane, butane prices for March

Monthly contract rates were set at $290 per tonne for propane and $320 for butane
 

UAE cuts gasoline, raises diesel prices

One litre of Octane 95 gasoline will fall to AED1.36, while diesel will rise to AED1.40
 

Industries Qatar plans ethane expansion project

Company looking to utilise available ethane as feedstock for petrochemical production
 

$1bn petrochemicals firm lists on Iran's bourse

Firm is the biggest listing in the country in recent years and one of the first since sanctions were lifted last month
 

Kuwait said to mull raising petrol prices by 83%

Suggestion was made during a government meeting discussing electricity and fuel subsidies reforms
 

Aramco invites bids for $2bn clean fuels project

Project will provide Aramco with cleaner gasoline and diesel for domestic consumption and export
 

Sadara highlights environmental efforts

Company CEO spoke at PetroEnvironment which took place on 22-24 February in Dammam, Saudi Arabia
 

BCG Middle East makes new appointment

Mirko Rubeis has been named partner and managing director of Boston Consultancy Group (BCG) Middle East's energy practice
 

Scottish firm OilMac Secures $20mn deal

Deal has been signed with undisclosed international drilling contractor
 

Petrochemical oil demand to grow by 3% until 2021

Oil consumption for the production of petrochemicals is expected to increase by 2mn barrels per day in the next five years
 

R&D investment in GCC petrochemicals jumps 40%

Figure represents highest increase in R&D for petrochemicals funding worldwide
 

Orpic starts two-month turnaround at Sohar plant

Sohar refinery and polypropylene plant will be shut between 23rd of February and 23rd of April
 

Qatargas leads inititive for LNG as marine fuel

Company will collaborate with Maersk and Shell to develop liquefied natural gas as propulsion fuel for merchant vessels
 

GPIC sponsors Bahrain's BIGS 2016

Event will take place at the Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre on 24-28th February
 

Equate signs MoU with Sabah Al-Ahmad Center

Areas of collaboration include technology transfer, innovation, research and development
 

Sadara chemical complex 98% complete

All units to be fully operational by 2017
 

First CO2 production plant opens in Kuwait

Plant will produce 280,000 tonnes of liquid carbon dioxide for commercial applications
 

Saudi raises diesel exports to Singapore

January shipments stood at 431,819 tonnes, more than double compared to December levels
 

UAE delegation visits Borouge's Singapore office

News signal Abu Dhabi's heightened interest in doing business in Asia
 

KNPC seeks $10bn loan for refineries upgrade

Local banks are set to agree on $3bn financing; remaining amount to come from international lenders in South Korea
 

Orpic awards $302mn pipeline work to Punj Lloyd

Pipeline will connect new Fahud NGL plant to the steam cracker unit in Sohar
 

Equate awards three-year contract to local firm

Jassim Transport & Stevedoring Co (JTS) will provide transportation services for company's Shuaiba Port operations
 

GE Oil & Gas eyeing business opportunities in Iran

Winning contracts in Iran could help company reduce impact of low oil prices
 

Oman Oil to restructure into four units

Changes come as part of firm's plans for expansion and improving efficiency
 

Equate's profit drops by a third on low oil prices

2015 revenue stood at $739mn compared to $1.04bn the year before
 

KPI: Oil prices could reach $50-60 by mid-2017

It could take up to three years for prices to go back up to $80, KPI's CEO said
 

Total CEO urges refiners to slash capacity

Despite a good year for margins, growing overcapacity is threatening profits
 

Orpic plant achieves highest utilisaiton rate ever

Mina Al Fahal currently operates at 94% of its capacity processing 110,000 barrels of oil per day
 

Aramco-Lanxess joint venture to open in April

Equally owned JV will be called Arlanxeo combining the names and logos of both companies
 

Iran appoints first female deputy oil minister

Marzieh Shahdaei was also named managing director of the National Petrochemical Company
 

Linde wins contract for Borouge's petchem plant

German contractor to provide EPC services for a new Boil Off Gas (BOG) compressor project
 

Iran plans to build refineries in six countries

Tehran is eyeing Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Brazil and India for new investments
 

Sipchem pays $100bn to raise stakes in two units

Company raised its shares from 76% to 87% in each plant
 

3rd Global Commodity Conference concludes in Dubai

Event attracted over 400 industry delegates to discuss price fluctuations, demand and market volatility
 

SOCAR awards $180mn contract for new PE plant

Plant will have a capacity of 120,000 tonnes per year
 

Morocco starts construction of $850mn complex

Complex to produce 3 million tonnes of fertilizers and other derivatives per year
 

Dolphin Energy achieves major production milestone

Output reached 6 trillion standard cubic feet, the highest since the start of operations in 2007
 

Borouge wins ISO certification for Ruwais plants

Company was recognised for improving plants' energy performance
 

Dana Gas restores production at Kurdish plant

Plant was taken offline on Friday after gas pipeline ruptured
 

KPI completes sale of Rotterdam refinery to Gunvor

Refinery has processing capacity of 300,000 barrels per day
 

Sadara plans to start mixed-feed cracker in March

Jubail plant will be the first chemical complex to crack naphtha in the Gulf
 

Chemical M&A activity to remain buoyant in 2016

Trend expected to build on strong momentum last year when Dow and DuPont announced plans to merge in $130bn deal
 

ENOC signs MoE with Emirates Environmental Group

Organisations joined efforts to promote environmental education in UAE
 

Saudi Kayan to close plant for maintenance

Shutdown to start on 1st of March and continue until 17th of April
 

Oil officials meet in Kuwait to discuss OPEC, Iran

Key topics for discussion were the return of Iranian oil on the market and OPEC's role in reducing oil price volatility
 

KBR wins contract for Shell's Pernis refinery

Company to install special unit to allow for the production of lighter, higher grade petroleum products
 

Lamprell to expand ops in Hamriyah Free Zone

Company leased an additional 114,280 m² bringing its total land area to 500,000 m²
 

Borouge participates in Plastex 2016

Event took place in Cairo, Egypt from 14-17th January
 

Gulf Petrochem unveils Fujairah terminal expansion

Company to float EPC tender for $50mn project early next week
 

New technology to dominate Sharjah plastics show

Plastivision Arabia will take place at Expo Centre Sharjah on February 22th-25th
 

GE Oil & Gas wins 15-year contract from QAFCO

GE to supply advanced combustion technology to Qafco's gas turbines
 

BCI acquires 70% of Italian polymer manufacturer

Newly acquired business will be integrated with BCI's European subsidiary
 

S. Korean JV opens polymer plant in Abu Dhabi

Facility is jointly owned by Swiss company Polysys Industries, Saudi-based Pan Gulf Holding and South Korea's Songwon Industrial Group
 

Lifting of Iran sanctions: top 3 effects on oil

Analysts at A.T. Kearney list top three effects of Iran's re-entry to the oil market
 

Sabic sets up committee to promote SMEs

Development of downstream industries and job creation at the heart of initiative, says CEO
 

PIC buys 25% stake in Saudi-Korean JV for $100mn

Shareholders include Saudi Advanced Petrochemical Company and South Korea's SK Gas
 

MEGlobal cuts MEG supply due to feedstock shortage

Product volumes will be kept to a contract minimum on feedstock shortages at plants in Kuwait
 

Sabic's Q4 profit drops 29% on low petchem prices

Profit stood at $821mn, down from $1.16bn for the same period a year earlier
 

ENOC's Tasjeel opens first RAK branch

Expansion is part of company's plans to strengthen its presence in the country
 

Sadara: setting new paradigms in downstream sector

Company highlighted its value adding performance chemicals and plastics products at PlastiCon 2016
 

Lootah Biofuels signs supply deal with Kroon Oil

Company to distribute Kroon's portfolio of products throughout the UAE
 

Qatar delivers first LNG to India under new deal

Agreement is for one million tonne per annum of liquefied natural gas
 

ADNOC opens new service station in Abu Dhabi

Station is fitted out with five fueling islands: one for diesel and one for gas-powered vehicles
 

KNPC to permanently close heavy crude unit

Closure of unit reduced gasoil output by around 50,000 barrels per day
 

Emerson to buy stake in $6.9bn petchem complex

Mega-project is still under construction and when completed, will be the largest petrochemical plant in Egypt
 

3M opens two new centres in UAE and Saudi

Both facilities are dedicated to oil and gas sector
 

ChemChina to buy German firm KraussMaffei for $1bn

Acquisition marks the biggest-ever Chinese investment into Germany
 

Saudi to open first polyacetal plant by 2017

Production from plant to begin in the first months of next year
 

Borouge in line to win GPCA Plastics Award

Company is competing in category for new product development
 

Egypt to complete ethylene plant by 2018-end

Plant will have a total capacity of 200,000 tonnes per annum
 

PlastiCon 2016 kicks off in Dubai today

Three-day event to discuss evolving role of plastics in the GCC
 

DMCC Energy Club to host networking event

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with some of the most renowned players in the oil and gas and logistics industries in the region
 

UAE government pledges support for biofuel project

Project will use plant waste from swamps to produce jet fuel
 

ABB introduces new process analyser

Product specifically designed for use in refineries and petrochemical plants
 

Saudi's Chemanol resumes production at plants

Plants had been shut for routine maintenance since mid-December 2015
 

One injured in gas leak at Kuwait refinery

Plant's operations were unaffected by the incident
 

Kuwait to launch new downstream company

Firm to manage Al-Zour refinery and a nearby petrochemical complex
 

Brazil imports from GCC hit $2.5bn in 2015

Fuel and crude oil accounted for 68.8% of total imports
 

GCC plastics production to grow by 3% annually

Growth is projected to continue until 2020
 

Oman starts prequalification for Duqm project

Sultanate to award a contract for Phase II of the Liquid Storage Terminal and Dry Bulk Facilities project
 

Dow completes MEGlobal sale

Company said it received $1.5bn in pre-tax proceeds
 

ENOC makes two new appointments to leadership team

Both employees are company veterans with over 16 years' experience
 

Sadara appoints Dow's Fitterling to board

Fitterling succeeds William Weideman who has served as board member since company's inception in 2011
 

Phase II delays hike costs, capital: PetroRabigh

The total cost of the project will now be $8.26bn, up by $266.44mn on the previous figure
 

Aramco seeks $4.7bn loan for Yasref refinery

Funds will be used to replace some of the capital Aramco invested when it built the plant together with China's Sinopec
 

ME-TECH to focus on technology at 2016 event

Technology can help companies to navigate market downturn, say event organisers
 

Sabic to start comissioning of Kenya complex

Commissioning will begin on 12th of December, Sunday, when all construction and mechanical works are completed
 

ABB wins contract for Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline

Company to provide control infrastructure for 1,850km pipeline
 

BAPCO awards WorleyParsons $87mn contract

Contractor to project manage modernisation programme at BAPCO's refinery
 

Dow and DuPont to merge in $130bn deal

Merger is industry's largest deal to date, says IHS
 

IHS: Innovation is key to SABIC's growth

Company needs to focus on innovation and sustainability to stay competitive on a global scale
 

Sabic named 'Top Employer Asia Pacific 2016'

Company wins for third year in a row
 

Axens wins contract from Aramco-Exxon JV

Company to develop Advanced Process Control system for one of SAMREF's refinery units
 

GPCA: plastics could help tackle climate change

Plastics are one of the most resource-efficient, energy-saving material in the world, says GPCA
 

Saudi plastics show arrives in Riyadh next month

Saudi Plastics & Petrochem 2016 will take place on 18-21 January, 2016 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center
 

OptaSense signs deal with Abu Dhabi's Gasos

Company will provide technology and services to both upstream and downstream oil and gas companies in the region
 

Air Energi signs deal for QP offshore project

Company to supply contract personnel for Bul Hanine redevelopment project
 

Sadara starts up first production plant

Plant will use proprietory technology from Dow to produce LLDPE
 

ENOC and GE sign MoU to develop new technologies

Deal was announced at Cisco Internet of Things World Forum in Dubai
 

Petro Rabigh says expansion project 90% complete

Project is on track and nearing completion, says senior company official
 

Sabic to consolidate two more business units in US

Company will move technology centres in Pittsfield and Exton to New York
 

Asia's naphtha hits eight-month high

Naphtha crack to Brent averaged at $130.60 a tonne in December
 

OpEx MENA 2015 starts in Abu Dhabi

Event is taking place on 6-8th December at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel
 

KNPC to host Maintenance Kuwait Summit in 2016

Event will take place on February 7th-10th in Kuwait City
 

Petro Rabigh restarts operations after shutdown

Company says one unit to remain closed due to extra maintenance work
 

McDonald's UAE nears 5,000,000km on fryer biofuel

Fleet logistics trucks for McDonald's UAE are set to reach 5,000,000km run on 100% recycled vegetable oil
 

Neste Jacobs signs deal with Austria's Borealis

Project includes upgrade and revamp of four cracker furnaces
 

Equate to launch fire awareness campaign

Initiative to be carried out in collaboration with Kuwait's Fire Safety Directorate
 

Aramco raises propane, butane prices for December

Propane will sell at $460 a tonne, while butane was set at $475
 

Weir to invest $20mn in new UAE facility

Facility will be UAE's first wellhead manufacturing centre
 

PlastiCon to merge with another industry event

Joint conference will take place on January 10-12th at the Ritz Carlton DIFC in Dubai
 

EMGAS signs gas deal with Al Ahli Group

Company to provide cleaner fuel for AL Ahli's vehicle fleet
 

Orpic awards $4.5bn contracts for Liwa Plastics

First contract was awarded to CB&I joint venture for $2.6bn
 

Lebanon's Baalbaki Chemical expands in UAE

Company launched new manufacturing facility in Hamriyah Free Zone
 

Iran says close to completing three petchem units

Projects are expected to come on stream in Q1, 2016
 

GCC, EU inch closer to free trade agreement

Falling oil prices and slow economic growth increase pressure on petrochemical producers to trash out a deal with the EU
 

Nine injured in refinery fire in Mexico

Fire likely caused by alkylation unit, according to operator Pemex
 

CB&I JV wins $2.6bn contract for Liwa Plastics

Joint venture will build the steam cracker and associated utilities
 

Borouge opens first Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi

New centre will focus polymer development and application technology
 

Equate on track to complete PE plant by mid-2016

Company CEO Mohammad Hussain said project is progressing as planned
 

Egypt to host first downstream summit in February

Participants will discuss investment opportunities in country's downstream sector
 

KNPC to close Shuaiba refinery by April, 2017

Closure will take place ahead of its clean fuels project
 

Mott MacDonald inks deal for Ruwais expansion

EPC firm to project manage $4.3bn refinery expansion
 

ExxonMobil: integration key to long-term success

Integration is paramount to insulating against market fluctuations, says company's head of chemicals
 

Saudi Arabia calls for more investment downstream

Kingdom's petrochemical sector expected to grow significantly in coming years
 

GPCA Annual Forum kicks off in Dubai

Event is set to attract thousands of delegates from some of the region's most prominant petrochemical firms
 

ENOC starts diesel distribution from Fujairah

Company launched second tanker-truck loading operation in June
 

DUGAS to set up new JV with India's IGPL

Plant will be first of its kind in the Middle East
 

ENOC introduces new code of conduct for employees

Code was introduced during Ethics Week on 1-5th of November
 

Optimisation can help increase ROI by 10%- report

Survey suggests Operational Excellence (OpEx) can lead to significant return on investment
 

GCC petchem exports to China continue to rise

Exports continue to grow despite waning demand and Chinese economic slowdown
 

Honeywell awarded contract for Iraqi refinery

Plant slated to be most advanced refining facility in the country
 

DuPont names new chairman and CEO

Edward D. Breen is replacing long- serving boss Ellen Kullman who retired in October
 

GCC petrochemical exports hit record in 2014

Companies exported a record 67.2mn tonnes of chemical products valued at $62bn
 

ENOC inks deal with Dubai Autodrome

Company to provide premium fuels and lubricants for race and track vehicles
 

S. Africa official to visit Iran over energy deals

Country's Deputy President will seek to attract investment in planned refinery that would process Iranian crude
 

GPCA Annual Forum kicks off in Dubai next week

Conference will be hosted at the Madinat Jumeirah on November 18-19, 2015
 

Borouge to close Hong Kong office in February

Company said closing office will help it stay competitive
 

Sabic helps build world's first 3-D printed car

Materials used were manufactured at recently dissolved Innovative Plastics unit
 

Iran's fertilizers output to hit record by March

Production will increase as South Pars' new phases come online
 

Demand growth for propylene to slow in next 10 yrs

Global demand expected to slow to 2.9% per year between 2015 and 2025
 

DuPont opens world's largest biorefinery

Refinery has the capacity to produce 30 million gallons of clean fuel per year
 

Laffan Refinery 2 to start operations by Q3, 2016

Refinery will be able to process an additional 146,000 bpsd
 

S.A. TALKE wins three-year Yanbu contract

Contract will come into effect on January 1st, 2016
 

Sadara signs deals for storage, port services

Deal was signed through Basic Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sadara
 

Borealis donates AED 2 million to UAE institutions

Emirates National Schools and the UAE Disabled Sports Federation will receive AED 1 million each
 

Gulf Petrochem inaugurates new terminal in Sharjah

The new terminal has a total capacity of 203,888 cubic metres
 

Samsung sells chemical businesses to rival Lotte

Korean giant to sell shares in three firms for $2.6bn
 

SABIC signs cooperation agreement with KSU

SABIC says deal would help the company fulfill its 2025 growth strategy
 

Yasref to sell shares to public - CEO

Move follows improved refining margins since August
 

Sabic awards new contract for European fleet

Sabic's fleet of rail tank cars are used for the transportation of chemicals
 

KPI in final talks to sell Europoort refinery

Swiss-based trading house Gunvor set to buy the 88,000 barrels per day plant
 

E-learning holds huge potential for O&G training

Perception of e-learning has evolved considerably in the last three to four years, says expert
 

Equate to buy MEGlobal from Dow, PIC for $3.2bn

Deal expected to close by the end of 2015
 

Iraq to import 1.8mn tonnes of gasoil in 2016

Vitol likely to be country's main supplier
 

PetroRabigh posts Q3 net loss on lower margins

Company reported $122.7mn loss blaming lower margins and weak oil prices
 

Tecnimont likely to win work on Orpic project

Contractor named preferred bidders for three of four packages for Liwa Plastics project
 

ADNOC raises Ruwais refinery's run rates

Refinery is currently running at 80-85%
 

Air Liquide acquires US-based PoroGen Corp

Acquisition expected to strengthen company's position within the downstream sector
 

Analysis: The case for lifting energy subsidies

The Middle East and North Africa region account for half of the world's energy subsidies
 

SABIC unveils plans for three new JVs in China

Company's acting CEO said projects are expected to be announced in Q1, 2016
 

Comment: opportune times for downstream producers

Mirko Rubeis of Boston Consultancy Group discusses opportunities presented to refiners by lower oil prices
 

Demand for ethylene, polyethylene to rise- Dow

Global demand is expected to increase over the next four to five years
 

Indian JV wins $315mn Sohar refinery contract

Firm will be responsible for construction, detailed engineering, construction supervision, mechanical commissioning and supply
 

Sabic Q3 profit falls 9.4%

Earnings stood at $1.49bn in the three months to September 30th, down from $1.65bn for the same period the year before
 

Industry experts: HSE key to sustainability

Chemical producers need to improve HSE practices to become more sustainable
 

Global petrochemical prices fall to six-year lows

Prices fell by $102 per metric tonne (/mt) to $786/mt in September
 

No radiation leakage from Shuaiba refinery: KNPC

Company official said all areas and locations surrounding the refinery are fully safe
 

GCC industry committed to sustainability- GPCA

GPCA launched its first 2014-15 Responsible Care and Sustainability Report
 

KNPC awards $2.6bn contracts to Fluor-led JV

The JV consists of Fluor, Daewoo Engineering and Construction, and Hyundai Heavy Industries
 

KNPC to sign Al-Zour contracts on Tuesday

Refinery is expected to be commissioned in November 2019
 

Chemical injection pumps market to reach $5bn

Steady growth is projected on the back of increasing infrastructure expenditure and rising demand for accuracy and efficiency in chemical processes globally
 

SABIC, SK Global open $640mn plant in S. Korea

The plant will manufacture high-performance polyethylene products using Nexlene technology
 

Saudi's Tasnee wins Operational Strategy award

Company was recognised for its highly successful Manufacturing Transformation Programme
 

Saudi's SABIC delays $30bn plant decision to 2016

There's a 50/50 chance the project will proceed
 

Video: OMV installs huge column at refinery

Column was deployed at Schwechat refinery for fuel desulphurisation
 

Aramco in talks to buy stake in CNPC refinery

Deal will be worth between $1 - $1.5 billion
 

MEGlobal may enter spot market in 2016

Company considering reducing its contract volumes
 

Petro Rabigh opens bidding for three new units

If the bids are approved, work will start in the second half of 2016
 

Petro Rabigh postpones plant shutdown to next week

Originally, the plant was scheduled to close on Sunday, October 4th
 

Shell veteran appointed president of EIC

Chris Haynes boasts almost 40 years' industry experience
 

Sipchem to close methanol plant in November

Company planning a month-long turnaround for the 967,000 t/yr facility
 

India's petrol exports to drop by 98% by 2019

Country will become second largest importer of gasoline after Indonesia by 2024
 

Aramco raises October prices for fuel products

Propane is up $45 from $315 in September, while butane rose $20 from $345
 

Sabic may close US plant as demand shifts to Asia

Company has seen rise in demand for its LNP-brand compounds
 

Asian naphtha, gasoline fall to three-week low

Prices dropped on expectations of increased supply from the Middle East and the West
 

GCC petrochemical revenues reach $88bn in 2014

Industry contributed to 31% of the GCC’s total manufacturing GDP, according to the GPCA
 

Sabic signs deal with 40 companies

Agreement aimed at promoting the introduction of technology into Saudi Arabia and the Middle East
 

Orpic makes two new senior appointments

Company has seeked to promote the role of Omani nationals in the company and the Sultanate’s downstream industry
 

Yemen's Aden refinery resumes operations- report

Refinery stopped operations in April when the government declared force majuere due to worsening political and security situation in the country
 

Indonesia to cut imports as TPPI comes online

Fuel imports will be reduced by up to 100,000 barrels per day
 

KPC to reduce gasoil exports after refinery fire

A heavy oil cracking unit at the 200,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) refinery suffered severe damage when fire broke out at the plant in August
 



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