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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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' 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.