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January 1st, 1970


Orpic's pipeline project achieves safety milestone

Muscat Sohar product pipeline and Al Jifnain terminal project will connect Orpic's Mina Al Fahal refinery in Muscat with its Sohar refinery, via a two-way, 290km, multi-product pipeline to an intermediate distribution and storage facility in Al-Jifnain.

Total, Heriot-Watt sign global research alliance

Worth a minimum of US$3.20 million, the agreement follows over two decades of research partnership and recognises the world-class research being undertaken at the university, which has a campus in Dubai.

Reliance to become 2nd largest paraxylene producer

The benefits of integration at the Jamnagar complex will set a new paradigm of scale and value addition in the refining and petrochemicals industry.

Reliance completes world's largest ethane project

Reliance is the first company to globally conceptualise large-scale imports of ethane from North America as feedstock for its crackers in India. The project involved seamless integration of several elements across a complex infrastructure value chain.

SABIC, ExxonMobil pick US Gulf Coast project site

The proposed multibillion dollar investment would include a world-scale ethane steam cracker capable of producing 1.8 million tonnes of ethylene per year, which would feed a monoethylene glycol unit and two polyethylene units.

Borouge receives four OHSAS, ISO certifications

Borouge achieves four OHSAS and ISO certifications for its safety, quality and environmental management.

Committee formed for 2017 Al-Attiyah energy awards

The Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards celebrate the legacy of HE Al-Attiyah, Qatar's former minister of energy and industry and deputy prime minister, by recognising the career achievements of individuals in service of the global energy industry.

GCC Petroleum Media Forum to award Saudi oilman

Dr Ibrahim Al-Muhanna will receive the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of International Petroleum Media at the 3rd GCC Petroleum Media Forum in Abu Dhabi on 19th April 2017.

Emerson unveils new terminal management software

For terminal operators in the oil and gas, chemical and refining industries, efficiently maximising the throughput of the terminal is critical to remain as key suppliers to their customers.

GPIC, GE Oil & Gas sign long-term bilateral deal

According to the pact, GE Oil & Gas will provide a full range of field services, spare parts and maintenance for its plants as well as cover manufacturing services for all of its equipment, including carbon dioxide compressors and gas turbine generators.

Pak-Arab Refinery to use Honeywell technologies

PARCO chose Honeywell's technology due to its long record of experience with the company, its proven record of success in Pakistan and its modularisation capability for rapid project implementation.

SABIC approves US$1.6bn dividend for 2016 2nd half

The general assembly approved the board's recommendation to distribute US$3.20 billion in cash dividends for the year 2016 at US$1.07 per share, representing 40 percent of the nominal share value.

Petroleum Institute hosts annual open day

Outstanding high school students and their families from across the UAE attended the annual open day event this year.

Emerson donates reservoir software to universities

The software donation will enable petroleum engineering students at GEU and MIT to access the latest software modules relating to seismic interpretation, well log interpretation and correlation, mapping and geomodelling, and gridding.

Aramco to boost global refining volume to 10mn bpd

Amin Nasser discussed the company's accelerated journey in expanding its downstream with a wide range of joint ventures, acquisitions and asset re-rationalisation involving a combination of major players and technology specialists.

SPE president-elect emphasises on sustainability

Sami Al-Neaim has been with Saudi Aramco for 30 years, working in reservoir engineering, production engineering, research and development, and the Upstream Computer Center.

India levies duty on LAB from Qatar, Iran, China

The application for anti-dumping investigations into the import of LAB from the three countries was jointly filed by Tamil Nadu Petroproducts and Nirma.

PDO hosts governors, focusses on social investment

A senior PDO management team, headed by managing director Raoul Restucci, provided the dignitaries with an overview of the company's performance on a range of matters.

Gallery: Oman Downstream Exhibition & Conference

Many of the world's leading downstream experts gathered in Oman during 4-6 April 2017 for the Oman Downstream Exhibition & Conference, which attracted an unparalleled array of industry speakers who shared their knowledge with a record number of delegates.

GPCA study reveals lack of awareness on recycling

Forty eight percent of the 4,076 respondents supported the practice of recycling plastics into new products, rather than resorting to conventional waste disposal.

Accenture-SAP digital solution for chemical firms

Co-developed by Accenture and SAP under their SAP S/4HANA collaboration, SAP S/4HANA Chemicals is an innovative re-launch of SAP Best Practices for Chemicals and SAP Business All-in-One for Chemicals solutions.

Iran's petrochemical output to hit 72mn tons/year

A total of 23 million tons of petrochemicals will be exported during the year, fetching the country around US$11 billion in revenues.

GPCA declares Plastics Excellence Award winners

The GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards ceremony took place on 9 April 2017 in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the 8th GPCA PlastiCon.

Wison unveils innovative LNG distributor

Being designed to operate at a shallow draft of 4.5 metre, the LNG distributor can deliver cargoes in areas where LNG carriers with similar capacity cannot access.

Xylem opens new office in Saudi Arabia

Xylem is a water technology company, creating innovative and smart technology solutions to meet the world's water, wastewater and energy needs.

ENOC, Rotary sign pact to build 12 storage tanks

Rotary Engineering Fujairah is awarded the construction contract for 12 new storage tanks of 450,000 m3 capacity, designed to the latest and highest industry standards.

Qatargas, RasGas attend Gastech 2017 in Japan

At the Gastech Conference and Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, during 4-7 April 2017, Qatargas and RasGas showcased the capabilities and talent of the Qatari energy industry alongside Qatar Petroleum and Nakilat.

Nakilat receives Moushtarayat national award

Moushtarayat is an excellent platform for Nakilat to demonstrate its support towards the government's efforts at increasing participation, developing capability and building capacity of local businesses.

Nakilat displays LNG shipping expertise at Gastech

At Gastech 2017, Nakilat showcased its shipping expertise as the world's leading transporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), playing an integral role in the State of Qatar's LNG supply chain.

PDO sets new combined production record in 2016

The average PDO daily oil production for 2016 was 600,197 bpd, the highest since 2005 and more than 15,000 bpd above the original planned target.

Orpic supports ODEC 2017 as lead host

Many of the world's leading downstream experts gathered in Oman during 4-6 April 2017 for the second Oman Downstream Exhibition & Conference.

Honeywell's new industrial cyber security solution

Honeywell's Secure Media Exchange (SMX) provides hassle-free, multi-layered protection for managing USB security, letting users simply plug in and check devices for approved use in the facility.

PPG reiterates invitation to AkzoNobel to combine

PPG believes AkzoNobel should honour growing requests to engage and fully consider all relevant options to create the most value for all of its stakeholders, and benefit from the multiple months of preparation already completed by PPG.

Air Liquide to build $21mn nitrogen unit for Orpic

The nitrogen production unit will be designed and built by Air Liquide's engineering and construction teams using cutting-edge technologies and bringing its world-class expertise.

KNPC selects Dell EMC to drive business growth

Dell EMC's VMAX3 and VNX unified storage arrays have enabled KNPC to consolidate its storage infrastructure, to increase the level of data availability and enhance the performance of mission critical applications.

GCC plastics sector to grow to 34.5mn tons by 2022

In 2016, the GCC plastics producers' sales represented four percent of the global industry sales revenue, reaching US$33-34 billion. The industry's capacity expanded in 2016 by as much as five percent, reaching 27.1 million tons.

Dow, DuPont modify transaction merger agreement

Dow and DuPont amended merger agreement to reflect extension to 31 August 2017 and close of transaction is now expected no earlier than 1 August 2017.

ADNOC, Masdar sign MoUs with Saudi Aramco

Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between ADNOC and Saudi Aramco, the two companies will collaborate on identifying technologies that could deliver improved operational performance and efficiency across the oil and gas value chain.

Implico wins award for the best oil & gas software

The Implico Group optimises logistics and business processes for oil and gas downstream companies.

EQUATE announces $679mn profit for 2016

EQUATE Group, with focus on operational efficiency and cost control, was able to maintain its profitability and cash flow, achieving US$1.2 billion EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) and an EBITDA margin of 33 percent.

Reliance completes sale of GAPCO interest to Total

Since the acquisition of 76 percent equity interest in GAPCO by REPDMCC in 2007, GAPCO has significantly grown and is one of the leading petroleum marketing companies in East Africa.

Petrofac wins $1.3bn EPC project in Kuwait

The lump-sum EPC project is the first sour gathering centre to be developed in the field and will process crude oil and associated gas recovered from the Arifjan, Marat, Minagish Oolite and Burgan Wara high hydrogen sulphide fields.

Gallery: Vopak Horizon Fujairah storage facility

Vopak Horizon Fujairah facility has 73 tanks, six jetties and one single mooring buoy. The terminal can accept tankers of up to 175,000 deadweight tonnage at its own jetties and fully laden VLCCs through the Port of Fujairah jetties.

PPG Amercoat earns corrosion innovation award

PPG engineers invented the curing agent to eliminate moisture-related difficulties that had historically prevented the development of high-performing single-pack epoxy coatings.

Smith Broughton invites EoI for Varco drive drill

The package includes Varco TDS-88A serial number TDS8SK24N080, AC motors, pipe handler and swivel, containerised control panel, and associated spares and handling inventory.

Schlumberger opens centre for oil & gas chemistry

The diverse development and testing capabilities available in the centre aided a customer in the Middle East that sought to decontaminate electrical submersible pumps with an in-situ solution to prevent unnecessary prolonged shut-in.

Emerson, TopNIR help refiners from blending losses

Emerson / TopNIR integrated blending solution empowers operators to exploit profitability option of a wider array of different crudes by providing hydrocarbon property data in real-time that helps identify the potential value content in each crude stream.

LNG carrier Mesaimeer under Nakilat management

Mesaimeer is the sixth wholly-owned LNG vessel that will come under the management of Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd.

Indian refinery to use Honeywell UOP technology

Included in the project are licensing, basic engineering design & other associated services for a Penex isomerisation unit, which helps make cleaner burning high-octane gasoline, and a Unicracking hydrocracking unit to produce cleaner burning diesel fuel.

MAG Lubricants announces 37 percent growth in 2016

The MAG Lubricants plant is approved by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology and undertakes third-party blending for large MNCs and state oil companies.

AkzoNobel rejects 2nd proposal from PPG to combine

The unsolicited proposal does not warrant AkzoNobel's engagement with PPG. The AkzoNobel boards unanimously rejected PPG's revised proposal.

PPG improves its pitch to combine with AkzoNobel

PPG has advised AkzoNobel that there are clear paths to regulatory approval based on the broad, complementary geographic footprint of the businesses, and AkzoNobel has rejected PPG's proposal that the companies' antitrust experts meet to confirm approach.

Dow chairman to receive STEM leadership award

A chemical engineer himself, and a true believer in the power of STEM jobs to grow economies, Andrew Liveris has made supporting education and workforce a cornerstone of his leadership.

Chemical Activity Barometer strongest in 7 years

The Chemical Activity Barometer has four primary components, each consisting of a variety of indicators – production, equity prices, product prices, and inventories and other indicators.

Orpic supports OmanPlast 2017 as gold sponsor

The OmanPlast 2017, held under the patronage of Hilal bin Hamad Al Hasani, CEO, Public Establishment for Industrial Estates, had more than 100 exhibitors, providing excellent trade and business opportunities to both exhibitors and visitors.

Sustainable catalyst for refineries from Clariant

Besides improving quality and cost efficiency, PolyMax 850 also supports sustainable fuel production. Not only does it reduce demand on raw materials, but also significantly decreases greenhouse gas emissions.

GCC chemical industry grows at 3.7 percent in 2016

While there is a fall from the Gulf chemical industry's growth rate of five percent in 2015, due in part to feedstock supply constraint and global economic uncertainty, watershed projects in the region point to a positive medium-term outlook for growth.

Preparations moving into high gear for ACHEMA 2018

Every three years, ACHEMA attracts around 4,000 exhibitors from over 50 different countries to present new products, processes and services to 170,000 professionals from all over the world.

LANXESS to invest US$107.5 million for expansion

LANXESS will invest around US$43 million each in the Leverkusen and Krefeld-Uerdingen sites in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Rockwell Automation named the most ethical company

This is the ninth time that the Ethisphere Institute has named Rockwell Automation to the distinguished list of companies that influence and drive positive change, and improve ethical leadership and corporate behaviour.

Etihad to support 2019 World Energy Congress

The agreement appoints Hala Abu Dhabi as the official travel and destination partner alongside Etihad Airways as the official airline for the 2019 World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi.

Flawed energy forecasts risk huge investor capital

A review of the energy forecasts by international oil companies shows that the forecasts are systematically skewed and rest on extreme assumptions about energy trends, reflecting what oil companies want decision makers to believe will occur.

Qatargas, Polish Oil & Gas Company in new LNG pact

Qatargas will increase the volume of liquefied natural gas currently supplied to Polish Oil and Gas Company to two million tonnes per annum. The new agreement will come into effect on 1 January 2018 and will run until June 2034.

Chevron, WorleyParsons in multi-regional agreement

The scope of the agreement allows use in all engineering phases of Chevron's capital project programme from conceptual engineering to final design.

Akie Abe to deliver welcome remark at Gastech 2017

Akie Abe is keen to drive more women into professional roles and into industries traditionally dominated by men – such as the energy sector – where very few Japanese women attain engineering or science degrees that lead into careers in these sectors.

Borealis, Borouge unveil ADCA-free cable solution

The European Chemical Agency has classified azodicarbonamide (ADCA), commonly used as a blowing agent for foamed communication cables, as a 'substance of very high concern' due to its respiratory sensitising properties.

Fluor, Yara expand global alliance framework pact

Fluor's integrated team will leverage the company's extensive industry knowledge, utilising the latest techniques and technologies, to reduce costs and allow for the safe and efficient operation of Yara's plants.

SABIC affiliate Al-Bayroni gets UN carbon credits

After two meticulous audits, the UN issued 53,000 tradable financial instruments called carbon credits to match 53,000 tons of verified greenhouse gas emission savings achieved in the first year of the Al-Bayroni CDM project.

Wood Group, Amec FW to combine as US$6.11 bn. firm

The combination represents a transformational transaction for Wood Group, which accelerates the company's strategy and creates a global leader in project, engineering and technical services delivery across a range of industrial sectors.

Agilent gets award for best new separation product

The Scientists' Choice Awards celebrate the laboratory products & manufacturers that make a difference to the industry. SelectScience began the Scientists' Choice Awards in 2007 to enable scientists to voice their opinions on the best laboratory products.

PM opens the single largest petchem plant in India

Set up with an investment of US$4.52 billion, the plant is located in the petrochemicals and chemicals hub of the country, creating an integrated ecosystem and generating direct employment for 3,500 and indirect employment for 10,500 people.

AkzoNobel might split specialty, rejects PPG offer

The board of management and the supervisory board of AkzoNobel have unanimously ‎concluded that the PPG proposal substantially undervalues AkzoNobel by failing to reflect the long-term value creation potential of the company.

EDF Energy, Simmons Edeco in maintenance contract

Although Simmons Edeco has worked on behalf of EDF Energy, this agreement represents the first time that the company will have provided an ongoing programme of maintenance support to the French utility company.

GPCA R&I summit urges industry to boost innovation

A report entitled 'GCC Chemicals Industry Innovation Indicators 2016' released at the 4th GPCA research and innovation summit points out that R&D investment in the region nearly tripled over the past five years, with R&D intensity on par with China.

Amec Foster Wheeler in Brunei Shell Petroleum pact

The contract includes concept, front-end engineering design, detailed design, construction, completions and commissioning, marine management, fabrication management, procurement and project management.

PPG proposes AkzoNobel to form a combined company

PPG, in conjunction with its financial and legal advisors, has devoted significant time and resources to analysing a potential combination of PPG and AkzoNobel.

Amec FW wins PIC refinery-petchem integration deal

The six-year contract builds on Amec Foster Wheeler's significant expertise in petrochemicals and refinery integration, alongside the impressive track record of delivering project management consultancy services to KPC companies in Kuwait.

Amec Foster Wheeler wins Chilean LNG contract

Capacity for regasification of imported LNG at Quintero's terminal was initially expanded from 10 to 15 million cubic metres per day in 2015. This latest expansion will increase the terminal's capacity to 20 million cubic metres per day.

Rockwell Automation joins gender equality drive

The 'Catalyst CEO Champions for Change' initiative was celebrated on 8 March at the 2017 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner in New York City, where Rockwell Automation was named the 2017 Catalyst Award winner.

Shell rids US$7.25 bn Canadian oil sands interests

On completion of all transactions, it is envisaged that Canadian Natural will be the operator of the Athabasca oil sands project upstream mining assets, and Shell will continue as operator of the Scotford upgrader and Quest CCS project.

ADNOC explores strategic, creative partnerships

Addressing industry peers and policy makers at CERAWeek 2017 conference, the UAE minister of state and ADNOC group CEO HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said that the company is pursuing creative partnerships.

EPA retracts data request for oil and gas industry

EPA withdrew its earlier request that owners and operators in the oil and natural gas industry provide information on equipment and emissions at the existing oil and gas operations.

ExxonMobil to invest $20bn, create 45,000 jobs

The projects, at 11 proposed and existing sites, are expected to generate thousands of new high-paying jobs and US$20 billion in increased economic activity in Texas and Louisiana.

Aramco, Shell sign pact to split Motiva assets

The discontinuation of the joint venture and redistribution of the assets allows each company to focus its downstream business.

Amec Foster Wheeler wins Eni green refinery deal

Amec Foster Wheeler was hired by Eni as part of a major investment programme in Italy to convert its refineries from 'conventional' to 'green' bio-refineries, and will use Amec Foster Wheeler's proven hydrogen technology.

SMC awards ammonia plant contract to SNC-Lavalin

SNC-Lavalin's Abu Dhabi office will be responsible for the project delivery, supported by local and international resources, while maximising the use of in-country expertise and local workforce during the construction phase.

Gallery: Key stakeholders grace ME-TECH 2017

The seventh edition of the Middle East Technology Forum for Refining and Petrochemicals (ME-TECH) took place in Dubai during 21-23 February 2017. ME-TECH 2017 had a strong focus on the key challenges and opportunities in front of the downstream industry.

Amec Foster Wheeler, Shell join in downstream EFA

As per the EFA, Amec Foster Wheeler will provide concept, front-end engineering, detailed design, procurement and project and construction management services for refinery, chemical and upgrades projects.

Top management changes at TÜV SÜD Chemie Service

Thomas Walkenhorst recently took over as CEO of TÜV SÜD Chemie Service and he will be supported by the recently appointed chief operating officer, Hans Joachim Machetanz.

QP plans to integrate Qatar Vinyl with QAPCO

The integration of activities means that upon completing the integration, QAPCO will be a single expanded and highly synergetic operating company, fully managing QAPCO's and Qatar Vinyl Company's current activities.

Tronox, Cristal to form the largest TiO2 company

The combination of the TiO2 businesses of Tronox and Cristal will create a global leader with a wide range of products that the customers value and a cost structure that will allow delivering those products at the best price globally.

EQUATE obtains Responsible Care accreditation

EQUATE is the first petrochemical company in the Middle East to obtain the Responsible Care 14001:2015 accreditation and certification.

ADNOC Distribution opens marine service stations

Saeed Mubarak Al Rashdi, acting CEO, ADNOC Distribution, recently opened Ghalila marine service station located near the Ghalila Fishermen Association in Ras Al Khaimah.

Borouge, Takreer lead waste free environment drive

Advocating the principles of reuse and recycling, the 'waste free environment' campaign was organised on 28 February 2017 in Ruwais and on 5 March 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

New polypropylene compounds from Borealis, Borouge

While the automotive industry strives to improve the environmental performance of internal combustion engine technology, alternative powertrains are gaining in importance.

Laffan Refinery 2 inaugurated by the Emir of Qatar

Laffan Refinery 2 is an important milestone in the development of the oil and gas sector in Qatar due to its strategic role in diversifying Qatar's energy mix.

Aramco, PETRONAS sign share purchase agreement

Saudi Aramco and PETRONAS signed the share purchase agreement for the equity participation in Malaysia's Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development downstream project.

Dow credited as 2017 top employer around the globe

Dow received 2017 certification as a top employer in the United States, China, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Russia, Poland, Greece, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Siemens to equip Fadhili gas plant with turbines

The turbines will be produced at the Siemens Dammam Energy Hub, the Middle East's largest gas turbine manufacturing facility.

Dow wins Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum award

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award, which is part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, was initiated in 2005 by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

McDermott achieves milestone in safe man-hours

The 50 million man-hours spans three years, during which McDermott has installed over 80,000 tonnes of steel and laid over 200 kilometres of pipeline.

Gulf Petrochem boosts European bunkering division

Gulf Petrochem Group builds on the growth of its bunkering division with the addition of a new trader, covering strategic locations.

IMO 2020 cap to cost shippers extra US$60 billion

International Maritime Organisation's 0.5 percent sulphur cap by 2020 for bunker fuels could cost shippers extra US$60 billion a year.

AkzoNobel joins Emirates Green Building Council

AkzoNobel has consistently been a part of the Chemical World Index and the Europe Index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Schmidt opens multi-user logistics hub in KIZAD

The 22,000 square metre Schmidt multi-user logistics hub in KIZAD includes a warehouse and a nine-silo bunker storage facility, and its dry bulk goods services include land and maritime transport.

Kuwait Styrene projects 11% jump in 2016 profit

The global styrene monomer market saw a slow recovery in prices at the end of 2016, which is expected to continue during 2017. Prices have already been on an uptrend in January 2017 by reaching US$1,300/MT, which was US$300/MT higher than January 2016.

KBR awarded MCF ammonia plant revamp contract

KBR has been involved in the licensing, design, engineering and / or construction of more than 230 ammonia plants worldwide.

Nakilat announces US$262 million profit for 2016

The achievement of Nakilat's vision to be a global leader and provider of choice for energy transportation and maritime services remains a top priority for the company.

Wison Engineering, Haldor Topsoe sign R&D pact

The close collaboration between Wison Engineering and Haldor Topsoe will provide more environmental, clean and green catalysts and technologies to the Chinese market, as well as achieve successful commercialisation in the near future.

SABIC widens its sustainable materials portfolio

SABIC is intensifying efforts to provide suppliers and customers in the construction industry with more cost-effective and sustainable solutions by way of ground-breaking solutions for plastic pipes.

Petchem experts to converge for PCIC Middle East

The Petroleum and Chemical Industry Conference (PCIC) Middle East was launched in Abu Dhabi in 2012 as a regional sister event to PCIC Europe.

Sandvik establishes regional headquarters in Dubai

Sandvik has secured a number of strategic projects offshore Egypt to provide a comprehensive scope of Sandvik oil and gas solutions for the ongoing giant gas field developments in the region.

Watershed in spirits from Chigurupati Technologies

NTX Technology is a patented compound of FDA-approved ingredients that when infused into alcohol, protect the consumer's liver and DNA, without affecting the experience of drinking alcohol.

Sadara, SNAM sign pact on PlasChem Park cluster

Spread over an area of one million square metres, the auto cluster is expected to be the largest manufacturing cluster to be located in PlasChem Park, an industrial zone located adjacent to the Sadara site in Jubail Industrial City II.

Fujairah to join in International Petroleum Week

Dr Salem Abdo Khalil, technical advisor, Government of Fujairah, will give the welcome note on how NOCs in the Gulf are finding their feet after decades of reliance on the financial and technical expertise of IOCs.

Equate Petrochemical supports industrial HSE event

Held during 15-16 February 2017, the 2nd Kuwait International Health, Safety and Environment Conference and Exhibition was attended by global experts from the industrial sector to discuss several topics about environment, health and safety.

Imagine Chemistry scheme lures young minds in MENA

'Imagine Chemistry' initiative, which is open to all start-ups, students, research groups and career scientists, supports the vision of the UAE and the regional governments to promote a culture of localised innovation.

Abu Dhabi hosts CRU's inaugural sulphur conference

CRU's Middle East Sulphur Conference is fully aligned with the UAE government's vision to create new value for sulphur to support the continued diversification of the nation into a thriving knowledge-based economy.

Research project 'Carbon2Chem' makes progress

The Carbon2Chem processes will be tested in a pilot plant to translate the results of basic research to industrial scale. Work started last November on the construction of a technical centre on the premises of thyssenkrupp Steel in Duisburg, Germany.

Emerson launches training for oil and gas industry

Hands-on training and competency assessment at Emerson's new education facilities at its Solutions Center in Aberdeen enhance engineer skills and help support increased operational performance of assets.

Amec Foster Wheeler opens new office in Oman

The new facility of Amec Foster Wheeler in Oman will support developing the next generation of engineering professionals in the Sultanate.

Berri gas plant receives Energy Globe Award

Berri gas plant received the 2016 Energy Globe National Award for its energy conservation initiative of ethane liquefaction.

Refining-petrochemicals interface: enhancing value

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association organised a seminar on 6 February 2017 in Dubai, on 'the refining petrochemicals interface: enhancing value'. Experts shared their experiences in the refinery-petrochemicals interface, during the event.

Jim McIlvenny named as IMEAT president by Dow

Jim McIlvenny takes the position of president of Dow for India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, in addition to the responsibilities he has held as group senior vice president of Dow since 2010 and chairman of the Dow-Sadara project office since 2011.

IOC commissions indigenous delayed coker unit

Delayed coking technology, indigenously developed with the joint partnership of IndianOil and Engineers India Limited, has been implemented in the 600 TMTPA capacity coker-A unit at Barauni refinery.

Linde secures LNG plant contract in Russia

Linde recently signed 1.5 million tons LNG plant contract with the Russian engineering holding SRDI Oil & Gas Peton.

Rockwell Automation, Claroty in cybersecurity pact

Claroty and Rockwell Automation will work together to combine their security products and services into future, packaged security offerings.

Gulf Oil Middle East unveils new SUV engine oil

Manchester United football stars Dwight Yorke and Peter Schmeichel unveil new Gulf Oil Middle East SUV lubricant in Dubai.

Siemens advances in 3D-printed gas turbine blades

Siemens reports successful first full-load engine tests of 'Additively Manufactured' blades.

Intertec unveils safety showers for harsh areas

Emergency showers for harsh environments set new standards in durability and energy efficiency.

Dow to sell EAA business to SK Global Chemical

Dow has reached an agreement to sell its global ethylene acrylic acid copolymers and ionomers business to SK Global Chemical Co.

New ASTM International standard D8070 listed now

ASTM International has over 12,000 standards in use around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

Bechtel wins Falcon Award for boosting US-UAE ties

Bechtel wins prestigious award for commitment to the US-UAE business relations.

PGPIC output to hit 40 million tons/year by 2019

PGPIC is currently into 12 projects, which will become operational by early-2019 and will add nearly 13 million tons per year of petrochemicals to Iran's total output.

Siemens makes record in fast-track power projects

Making a new world record for fast-track power projects, Siemens has already connected to the Egyptian grid 4.8 gigawatts of power generation capacity, where 400 megawatts (or 10 percent) are surplus through turnkey technology leadership.

Al Waha to use Honeywell Connected Plant

Al Waha will use a tool within CPS called Process Reliability Advisor at its plant in Jubail, KSA, to continuously analyse the operation of its Oleflex unit, quickly detecting and resolving problems to ensure the plant operates at its peak capability.

WEG to show best motor induction practices at PCIC

WEG will discuss how best practices in the installation and maintenance of synchronous motors are key to enhancing the durability of essential electrical equipment during PCIC Middle East 2017.

AkzoNobel, Itaconix sign polymer technology pact

Itaconix will contribute a proprietary polymerisation technology to turn itaconic acid – obtained from sugars through fermentation – into polymers.

Saudi Aramco showcases sustainable technologies

Saudi Aramco's technology roadmap broadly supports Saudi Vision 2030, and more specifically, the ongoing energy transformation in the Kingdom.

PEFTEC 2017 to show latest refining technologies

PEFTEC 2017 will bring together analytical chemists, scientists, process operators, laboratory personnel and environmental managers who work in the petroleum, refining, chemical and petrochemical industries around the world.

Milaha opens Saudi Arabia-India container service

The frequency of the first-of-its-kind service will be weekly and will connect the Gujarat port of Kandla directly with Jebel Ali in Dubai, UAE, and Dammam and Jubail in Saudi Arabia.

Mltech secures first Caspian contract from MQS

The project will see mltech train MQS personnel to use its proprietary automet software to perform pipe spool fabrication surveys and on-site pipework and steelwork surveys.

RasGas delivers first LNG cargo to EDF in new SPA

Following the successful commencement of commercial operations of the Dunkerque LNG Regasification Terminal on 1st January, 2017, the cargo aboard RasGas' LNG Tanker Murwab, was delivered to the EDF Group on January 23, 2017.

Johnson Matthey opens new online catalyst store

The new online catalyst store from Johnson Matthey Fine Chemicals gives easy access to research quantities of commercial grade ligands and catalysts.

Shell to sell stake in SADAF JV to SABIC

This acquisition will enable SABIC to further optimise operations at SADAF and further invest in the facilities, integrating them with SABIC's other affiliates.

Siemens compressor trains for Iran gas processing

Each of the 12 compressor trains contains a Siemens STC-SV vertical split compressor and will be used in two natural gas processing plants.

Proscient to digitise Aramco's Jazan refinery

Petrotechnics' Proscient selected by Accenture to deliver ground-breaking digital approach to industrial operations for Saudi Aramco's Jazan refinery.

PMO contract signed for World Energy Congress 2019

The Abu Dhabi World Energy Congress will be held during 7-14 September 2019 and is envisioned to be the most successful congress in history since its inception in 1924.

Al Reyadah proves viable carbon capture programmes

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) operations like Al Reyadah, the joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Masdar, demonstrate that CCS is a commercially viable solution to limiting industrial CO2 emissions.

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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