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January 1st, 1970


Storage industry professionals converge in Rotterdam for annual event

As well as over 200 leading suppliers from the international tank storage market, the conference and exhibition has attracted over 30 speakers representing all aspects of the industry from geopolitics to cyber security and from the IoT to risk management.

Aramco promotes Women in Leadership Economic Forum in Riyadh

The forum brought together around 1,000 business leaders, entrepreneurs, diversity champions and policy-makers from across the Kingdom to advance women in leadership and address the challenges facing Saudi Arabia.

Petrofac wins $580mn EPC contract from GCC national oil company

Specific details in relation to the project remain confidential at this time and additional information is expected in due course.

PDO announces gas find of four trillion cubic feet, 112 million barrels of condensate

During the announcement, PDO also reported on a string of achievements, including its best-ever safety performance, record investment in local companies, and the creation of 14,146 job opportunities for Omanis in 2017.

Cresco Legal signs agreement with Luminance for AI technology

Cresco Legal is the first law firm in the Middle East to embrace artificial intelligence for the benefit of its clients.

Orpic participates in Lahore's PAKPLAS 2018

The exhibition served as an ideal platform for the polymer marketing team to meet customers to highlight their strategy and showcase Orpic's innovative polyolefin solutions.

ADNOC signs key concession agreements with Total for $1.45bn participation fees

Total contributed $1.45bn participation fees for stakes in Umm Shaif and Nasr, and Lower Zakum concessions.

Aramco honours 71 achievers during Annual Excellence Awards ceremony

The awards went to 71 employees for their achievements in 19 areas & projects across the firm's operations in upstream, downstream, technical services, operations and business services, technology oversight and coordination, corporate affairs and others.

Orpic to inaugurate Muscat-Sohar Product Pipeline on 21st March

The $336mn investment is an important logistic project across the Sultanate of Oman which will deliver more than 50% of Oman's fuel via the state-of-the-art storage facility in Al Jefnain.

SABIC, UAC, Borouge honoured with key GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards

The award ceremony took place on 14 March 2018 at the Oberoi Hotel, Dubai, on the sidelines of the 9th GPCA PlastiCon and opened with a speech by Abdulrahman Al Fageeh, executive vice president, petrochemicals, SABIC.

ABB records steady growth in UAE in 2017, supports transformation of energy landscape

ABB has been a stable partner to the UAE's development and is continuing to push boundaries by supporting the transformation of energy landscape.

EPPCO Lubricants, Souq.com sign agreement for online sale of lubricants

The partnership will enable customers to purchase ENOC and Caltex lubricants online, encouraging vehicle owners to change car engine oils more frequently, which will improve fuel consumption efficiency, the vehicle performance and reduce carbon emissions.

GCC region must embrace circular economy, urge speakers at 9th GPCA PlastiCon

Stakeholders would need to work together to increase the circularity of plastics by making sure that plastic waste is adequately recovered and that it does not end up in landfill or in the environment.

APICORP issues debut $100mn 3-year Dim Sum bond

The $100mn (630 million Chinese Renminbi) 3-year fixed rate bond matures on 13 March 2021 and offers investors an annual coupon of 4.7%.

Andrew N Liveris to step down as DowDuPont executive chairman

Liveris informed the DowDuPont board that he will no longer serve as executive chairman of DowDuPont effective 1 April 2018, and Jeff Fettig, current co-lead independent director for DowDuPont, will serve as a non-employee executive chairman of the board.

AIS Training, Restrata collaborate to improve training for emergencies

The new partnership will see a number of specialised training courses developed and delivered for the oil and gas, wind and nuclear industries, to boost safety and improve the overall response to and management of emergency situations.

United Nations Environment, Honeywell sign collaboration agreement

United Nations Environment and Honeywell will support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 and 13, which aim to provide affordable and clean energy for all, and to take action to combat climate change and its impacts, respectively.

Grandweld Shipyards commences production of 10 boats for Kuwait Oil Company

The design and engineering phase for the project started during May 2017 and now the production phase has started with target to deliver the first boat in December 2018 while the delivery of all ten boats will be completed in July 2019.

PDO boosts Omanisation programme, backs concession area teacher training

Each year, 200 scholarships are offered and PDO conducts awareness sessions for pupils on how to benefit from the programme and apply for a chance to enter full-time higher education.

Aramco participates in UK-Saudi CEO Forum; signs six commercial contracts, MoUs

The forum was scheduled to coincide with the official visit to the UK by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and saw Saudi Aramco sign a number of MoUs and commercial agreements.

Aramco, SABIC award crude-oil-to-chemicals PMC, FEED contract to Wood

The award of the project management contract follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2017 between Saudi Aramco and SABIC to assist in bringing the mega-project to its next stage of development.

Gardner Denver extends global reach with Dubai facility

The Jebel Ali, Dubai, facility is designed to serve all Eastern Hemiphere markets, including the Middle East, China, Asia, Europe and Russia.

Orpic participates in SQU career and training opportunities fair

The fair aimed to provide jobs and training opportunities for SQU students and graduates in order to enhance their abilities, develop their skills, and prepare them for the labour market.

Saudi Aramco urges industry transformation at geosciences event

Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain, and sponsored by Saudi Aramco and other energy leaders, the bi-annual event addressed the theme, 'Pushing the Technical Limits: Shaping the Energy Landscape'.

Emerson, Total ink global pact for Paradigm E&P software solutions

The contract will help the global energy leader maximise performance of reservoir subsurface modelling and formation evaluation.

Sipchem holds methanol seminar in Jubail, Khobar

The seminar was presented by Dom LaVigne, director of government and public affairs, Asia Pacific/Middle East, Methanol Institute, who has 25 years of experience in the field.

Saudi Aramco CEO addresses future of oil at CERAWeek conference

In a special address before an audience of energy executives, experts, government officials and policymakers, Nasser noted that strong economic growth in the emerging and developing markets will continue to drive demand for hydrocarbons.

Operational excellence and safety continue to be key drivers in oil and gas sector

Key players are meeting in Bahrain at two of the region's leading events, OPEX MENA and the Gulf Safety Forum, organised under the patronage of Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, minister of oil, Bahrain.

ADNOC to create world's largest integrated refining and chemical site in Ruwais

At the centre of its new downstream strategy, ADNOC intends to create the world's largest integrated refining and chemical site in Ruwais, UAE, where it will triple petrochemicals' production to 14.4 million tonnes, annually, by 2025.

PDO launches key community funding to boost sustainable development

The programme includes commitments in the key areas of health and safety, community infrastructure, employability training, charities, and animal welfare.

Return To Scene appoints Liwa Petroleum as official agent for Abu Dhabi

Return to Scene and Liwa Petroleum share a commitment to excellence, innovation and technological developments, and delivering tangible solutions to diverse sectors of the energy industry and beyond.

PDO honours schools, SMEs with inaugural green energy awards

The Renewable Energy Awards were launched on Oman Environment Day in January to build a positive environmental and research culture across the Sultanate and enhance student awareness in the field of renewable energy.

GPCA re-elects SABIC CEO Yousef Al-Benyan as chairman

Al-Benyan was elected as GPCA chairman earlier in May 2016, having previously served on GPCA's executive committee. A new board of directors was also announced during GPCA's annual general assembly which took place on 5 March 2018.

Borouge, Borealis display innovative energy solutions at Middle East Electricity 2018

Produced at Borouge's state-of-the-art XLPE plant in Ruwais, the XLPE solutions create value to energy cable manufacturers and customers due to its outstanding properties and characteristics.

Cyber storm looms over global energy industry, warns Marsh

Marsh's report – Could Energy Industry Dynamics Be Creating an Impending Cyber Storm? – was released at Marsh's bi-annual Energy Industry Conference in Dubai during 6-8 March 2018.

KCA Deutag, Dalma sign deal to combine, create enlarged drilling and engineering group

Upon completion, the KCAD group as enlarged by the Dalma Business will continue to operate under the KCA Deutag brand name and will have approximately 9,700 employees.

ENOC, Energy Institute to host second forum on HSE in the Middle East

The conference aims to deliver essential learning and sharing of international best practices to help improve the safety performance of organisations, foster a healthy and accident-free work culture, and ensure a sustainable environment.

Asset consolidation, integration fuel business interruption risks for energy sector, says Marsh report

Marsh's report – Rethinking Business Interruption Risks in an Optimised Oil and Gas Industry – will be released at the firm's biennial Energy Industry Conference to be held in Dubai during 6-8 March 2018.

New Wood Mackenzie study: Will the global market embrace US crude?

With onshore lower 48 output expected to exceed 11mbpd by 2023, US is poised to become the world's largest oil producer. But, questions remain about where this future oil production will go and the impact US volumes will have on the global oil markets.

AspenTech survey: Forty percent energy companies believe digitalisation can save 16% OPEX

The data confirmed that improving reliability is the key objective for upstream and downstream companies as well as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms that serve them.

Over 6,000 students to benefit from ADNOC's STEM collaboration with LEGO Education

LEGO Innovation Labs will be established in ADNOC Schools, in Abu Dhabi and the Al Dhafra region, which will benefit over 6,000 Abu Dhabi students from elementary to high school levels.

Total acquires 16.33% stake in Waha concessions in Libya from Marathon for $450mn

This acquisition will give Total access to reserves and resources in excess of 500 million barrels of oil equivalent, with immediate production of around 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

SABIC explores new opportunities in Africa, sponsors fertiliser conference in Ethiopia

SABIC displayed a range of innovative agri-nutrient solutions and introduced its experience in establishing the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Development Center (Estidamah) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Aramco signs MoU with Japanese firms to pursue steel production in Saudi Arabia

The project is in support of the iktva (in-kingdom total value add) programme, which is designed to increase the local content in Saudi Aramco's supply chain.

Oman's State Council delegation visits PDO's energy-saving projects

A State Council delegation toured Miraah, one of the largest solar energy ventures globally, which PDO is building to produce steam for thermal-enhanced oil recovery by harnessing the power of the sun through a huge glasshouse complex to heat water.

ADNOC invites global financial players to invest in future growth

While ADNOC continues to appreciate all its partners, from East to West, ADNOC's new approach is centred on strategic relationships that deliver growth opportunities, market access, smart capital and strategic value add.

Mammoet Middle East expands its crane fleet

The cranes, ranging from 30t to 1,250t capacity, will be available through Mammoet's branches in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

DowDuPont announces brand names for three independent firms

The agriculture division to be named Corteva Agriscience; materials science division will be called Dow, and will retain the Dow diamond as its brand; and specialty products division is to be the new DuPont.

Video: Ekaterina Kalinenko, project director, EPC, on the future of the Middle Eastern downstream industry

Ekaterina Kalinenko, project director, Euro Petroleum Consultants, comments on the future of the Middle Eastern downstream industry.

Video: Valentin Kotlomin, director, Euro Petroleum Consultants, on refining-petrochemical integration

Comment of Valentin Kotlomin, director of strategic studies and downstream economics, Euro Petroleum Consultants, on refining-petrochemical integration.

Al Khafji Joint Operations awards SNC-Lavalin 5-year framework contract in Saudi Arabia

Al Khafji Joint Operations is responsible for oil and gas exploration, development and production in the offshore area close to the Saudi-Kuwait border, including the Khafji and Hout oilfields which have been in production since the 1960s.

Honeywell, EQUATE sign contract to boost productivity of petrochemical plants in Kuwait

As part of the MoU, EQUATE will test newly released Honeywell technologies, including the latest additions to the Honeywell Connected Plant portfolio, as well as assess EQUATE's requirements and new ideas at Honeywell facilities.

Saudi Aramco displays experience in localisation, local content at AFED 2018

The exhibition is taking place from 25 February to 5 March 5 2018, under the patronage of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and organised by the Saudi Armed Forces.

ADNOC awards Japan's INPEX 10% stake in Lower Zakum offshore concession

The agreement was signed by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber (right), ADNOC Group CEO and member of Abu Dhabi's Supreme Petroleum Council, and Toshiaki Kitamura, president and CEO, INPEX.

Puma Energy hosts 'Be Road Safe' initiative in Dubai

The UAE 'Be Road Safe' event, sponsored by Puma Energy and Impala Terminals, took place at Puma Energy's Gulf Refining Company building in the port of Jebel Ali, Dubai.

More than 50 firms to participate in Offshore Arabia

Offshore Arabia, comes at a time when the growing uncertainty around the demand for oil and gas as well as the impact of disruption and pace of technology innovation call for a new approach to sustain the challenging offshore market.

Saudi energy minister recognised as 2017 'International Oil Diplomacy Person' at IP Week

Saudi Arabia's minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, Khalid Al Falih, was presented with the 'International Oil Diplomacy Person of the Year 2017' Award at the Energy Institute's International Petroleum Week on 22 February 2018, in London.

ADNOC, Chemlube ink deal for Group III base oil sales in Europe

ADbase, ADNOC's new base oil brand, was formally launched during the 22nd ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference in London.

Dubai leg of GPCA's Waste Free Environment campaign concludes

In Dubai, activities included school visits where presentations on recycling alongside interactive learning experiences, competitions and quizzes, took place.

Duqm Refinery, Tecnicas Reunidas sign deal for process units

The contract has been awarded on a lump sum turnkey basis to the international joint venture leaded by Tecnicas Reunidas (Spain) and Daewoo Engineering and Construction (South Korea) for an approximate value of $2.75bn and 47 months of duration.

Borouge's environmental walkathon boosts public awareness on best practices in disposing waste

Over 1,700 school students, company employees and members from the Abu Dhabi community participated in the sixth edition of the campaign to increase awareness on recycling and stopping the irresponsible disposing of waste in the environment.

UAE AI minister visits ADNOC's artificial intelligence, big data centres

ADNOC recognises the application of the latest technologies is a key enabler for delivering its 2030 smart growth strategy, which is creating a more profitable upstream, a more valuable downstream, and ensuring a more economic & sustainable supply of gas.

Kuwait Styrene Company posts $94mn net profit for 2017

In 2017, the global styrene monomer market continued to recover, with average prices reaching $1,200 per metric tonne.

GPCA, Gulf Standardization Organization ink MoU to join hands on GCC standards

The MoU aims to establish close cooperation framework between the two organisations in areas of mutual interest such as technical standards and regulations, consumer protection, environment and public health.

Phoenix Contact to showcase innovations at Middle East Electricity 2018

The Phoenix Contact stand will be located at booth number 6A10 in hall number 6 at the Dubai World Trade Centre during 6-8 March 2018.

Partners participate in celebrating Orpic's SRIP milestone

Around 400 people attended the event, including Ahmed Saleh Al-Jahdhami, CEO, Orpic, and Christiaan van der Wouden, COO, Orpic, both of whom presented a number of awards in recognition of outstanding contribution.

Saudi Aramco, Russia's NOVATEK sign MoU to collaborate globally on natural gas projects

According to the MoU, Saudi Aramco and NOVATEK agreed to collaborate internationally on natural gas projects, including LNG supplies, development of LNG markets, gas exploration and production projects, as well as research and technology development.

ADNOC signs offshore concession deal with Cepsa at a participation fee of $1.5bn

New partnership with Cepsa will enhance cooperation across the value chain, in line with ADNOC's 2030 and downstream growth strategies.

PDO inks deal for training 1,500 Omani job seekers

On successful completion of the programme, they will take up employment with Security and Safety Services (SSS) LLC as guards at government and company offices, and shopping malls.

Aramco's Ras Tanura refinery completes major turnaround and inspection

Planning and preparation for the T&I kicked off two years ago, and followed an internally developed process based on the 'Corporate Maintenance Turnaround Manual'.

SABIC, ABB global collaboration to address growth, challenges

Through technology ventures, the Home of Innovation initiative's mission is to create a business platform for those committed to innovation and growth, bringing together the best minds and organisations interested in the future of Saudi Arabia.

Saipem awarded $750mn Duqm refinery contract in Oman

Work involves engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning under Package 3 'offsite facilities' in the framework of the development of the Duqm refinery situated near the coast in the north east of Oman.

GPCA to boost industry dialogue on circular economy, innovation

The fifth GPCA Research & Innovation Summit and the ninth GPCA PlastiCon will take place at the Oberoi, Business Bay, Dubai, during 11-13 March 2018 and 14-15 March 2018, respectively.

Honeywell opens industrial cyber security centre in Dubai

The centre contains distributed control systems, a physical plant process and the latest industrial cyber security software and solutions.

Borouge organises workshop to attract SMEs for petrochemical, polymer industries

The workshop was organised to give an overview about polymer industry and its significant role in the economic development and to discuss ways of collaboration and potential opportunities to attract small and medium-sized enterprises into the industry.

ADNOC to implement in-country value initiative to boost UAE’s private sector

$109bn five-year spend will create multiple opportunities for local businesses to share in ADNOC's 2030 growth strategy.

Elan to set up $10mn facility in Hamriyah to produce packaging solutions for petrochemical industry

A new state-of-the-art manufacturing unit with a capacity of over two million drums per annum will come up at Hamriyah Free Zone. The project is likely to be completed by end of 2018.

Renish Group appoints new CEO for Southeast Asia, director for strategy & planning in the UAE

Rakesh Mehra will lead the overall growth and key operations of Renish Group in Southeast Asia, while concurrently spearheading the creation and implementation of its strategic business plans in the United Arab Emirates.

EQUATE recruits 34 new Kuwaiti operations technologists

The recruitment process follows an intensive training programme delivered based on global standards of developing technical competencies. The recruited technologists first joined a 10-week programme in preparation to work at EQUATE's industrial complex.

Bentley's reality modelling technology streamlines brownfield process industry projects

Often, the building of a new plant is done on the brownfield site of an existing facility. For such projects, capturing and modelling the existing context is critical to decision making and both conceptual and detailed engineering design.

ADNOC builds towards first oil production from Al Dhafra Petroleum

ADNOC plans to start production from Haliba with an initial capacity of 20,000 barrels of oil per day by mid-2019, progressively increasing to 40,000 barrels per day by 2020.

L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering wins $342mn Abu Dhabi EPC contract

The scope of the contract includes EPC, and commissioning of flow lines, gathering facilities and pipelines to transfer crude oil and gas from Haliba fields to processing facility at Asab and installation of overhead electrical transmission lines.

KIZAD, Shaheen Chem sign $1.09bn deal for Abu Dhabi chemical complex

Shaheen Chem Investment will also pioneer the production of ethylene dichloride in the UAE, showcasing KIZAD's role as an industrial hub for the country.

Total enters two exploration blocks offshore Lebanon, strengthens position in the Mediterranean

The blocks were awarded to the consortium of Total (operator, 40%), ENI (40%) and Novatek (20%) in the frame of the 1st offshore licensing round, launched by Lebanese government in January 2017.

Honeywell unveils Asset Performance Insight to help customers avoid unplanned downtime

The new Honeywell Connected Plant Asset Performance Insight connects the customers' assets and equipment to the cloud, and applies analytical models from Honeywell and partners, so that customers can avoid unplanned downtime and unnecessary maintenance.

Quantico, TARGET announce technology collaboration

The alliance will allow Quantico's customers to streamline the resources involved in large data-driven deployments, and TARGET's customers will be able to extract more value from their subsurface data via Quantico's artificial intelligence capabilities.

As ultra-deep, frontier basins deliver, explorers' success rates rise

The industry has made a return to high-impact exploration in ultra-deepwater and frontier basins after a period of focusing on low-risk, low-reward activity.

Atkins' low-capex floating platform receives US patent

Developed for small pools and challenging export routes, the DDPSO is a reusable, low CAPEX floating solution that can operate in harsh environments that may otherwise limit small, ship-shape FPSOs.

PDO inks agreements with super local community contractors

Al Baraka and Al Shawamikh are two of four SLCCs working in partnership with PDO across its operations.

ADNOC to invest $3.1bn in Ruwais refinery to bring in crude processing flexibility

Replacing Murban crude with other crudes, ADNOC will enhance refining margins and create greater value from existing resources and assets.

LyondellBasell CEO becomes chairman of American Chemistry Council

Patel will chair his first ACC board meeting at the Council's Washington, DC headquarters on 7 February 2018.

Total, MOL ink deal for a pioneer LNG bunker vessel

The vessel will operate in Northern Europe and will be the first ever capable of supplying large quantities of LNG in one single bunkering operation.

ENOC opens its largest service station in Saudi Arabia

The new service station adopts the highest international standards in environment, health and safety across all its processes and operations, and implements ENOC's energy saving measures.

New generation joins TALKE executive board

Markus Glockler and Christoph Grunert are the first managing directors in TALKE's history not drawn from the ranks of the Talke family.

Orpic receives AEO certification from Oman directorate general of customs

The Authorised Economic Operator certificate will enable Orpic to elevate its manufacturing prowess; it will also enhance Orpic Polymer Marketing import and export portfolio, and increase the strategic value of its trade management operations worldwide.

ExxonMobil 2018 outlook: Natural gas demand to reach 445bn cubic feet per day by 2040

The Outlook for Energy is ExxonMobil's long-range forecast developed through data-driven analysis, reflecting broad knowledge of energy markets and the expertise of economists, engineers, and scientists.

Jon M Huntsman, founder of Huntsman Corporation, dies at 80

Widely regarded as one of his generation's great industrialists, Jon M Huntsman leaves behind an extraordinary legacy.

BASF introduces new FCC catalyst for refiners using heavy resid feeds

BASF introduces new Boroflex FCC advanced catalyst technology with coke selective matrix to improve bottoms upgrading for residue feedstocks.

Iraq's Karbala refinery to use Rotork automated control systems to maximise production

When it opens in 2020, the facility will have a refining capacity of 140,000bpd of crude oil. Production will meet the latest global standards, serving the growing domestic demand for oil in Iraq and reducing the current level of refined product imports.

Honeywell launches retrofit unit allowing gas processors to meet future ethane demand

The high recovery retrofit unit uses an advanced cycle process to extract high-value ethane from residue gas and can be easily deployed on any 200 million standard cubic foot per day standard technology gas plant.

Covestro selects Emerson's IIoT solutions for enhancing uptime, operational performance

As part of the $14mn, five-year contract, Emerson will provide remote monitoring and predictive maintenance to help Covestro optimise these manufacturing facilities for improved production, safety and reliability.

IndianOil commissions Octamax unit at Mathura refinery with indigenous breakthrough technology

The breakthrough technology developed by IndianOil's R&D centre converts C-4 streams from catalytic cracker and/or naphtha cracker units to high-octane gasoline (petrol) blending stream, thereby enabling compliance with stringent fuel quality norms.

ADNOC to boost collaborations with Chinese energy, technology and chemical firms

ADNOC focuses on strategic partnerships to expand its downstream chemical portfolio, and advance artificial intelligence and big data management technology.

Video: Vinod Raghothamarao of IHS Markit on refining-petrochemical integration

Vinod Raghothamarao, director consulting, Energy Wide Perspectives, IHS Markit, comments on the integration of refineries and petrochemical facilities.

Video: Edmond Mikhael of Honeywell on connected industrial worker concept

Edmond Mikhael, general manager, Honeywell Safety & Productivity Solutions, META, commented on the advantages of the Honeywell connected industrial worker concept and its related technological advances, during ADIPEC 2017.

Sipchem reports $43.8mn net profit for Q4-2017

Sipchem announced a net profit of $43.8mn in Q4-2017 compared with $8.51mn in the previous year. Sales in the quarter increased by 34.6% at $0.34bn.

Abu Dhabi to host largest oil & gas event fully dedicated to R&D

RDPETRO, formerly known as ADRAC, is expanded in 2018 to attract global innovators from within and outside the oil and gas industry, technology companies, start-ups and academia.

Saras selects Aspen Mtell prescriptive maintenance software

Aspen Mtell mines historical and real-time operational and maintenance data to discover the precise failure signatures that precede asset degradation and breakdowns, predict future failures and prescribe detailed actions to mitigate or solve problems.

GPCA's sixth 'Waste Free Environment' campaign starts across the GCC on 18 February

The campaign will run during 18-22 February 2018 in key locations across the GCC and the world, engaging influential change makers.

SABIC supports Boao Forum for Asia for 10 consecutive years

The BFA 2018, taking place under the theme of 'An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity', will be held during 8-11 April 2018, in Hainan Province, China.

McDermott wins EPCI contract for 13 jackets from Saudi Aramco

The fourth fast-track contract awarded to date in the past 24 months builds off McDermott's successful track record in the Middle East.

SABIC acquires 24.99% stake in Clariant

The acquisition of these stakes, which were previously held by White Tale and 40 North, makes SABIC the largest Clariant shareholder.

Tronox seeks opportunity for decision on merits of proposed Saudi-headquartered Cristal acquisition

If the combination is not completed by 21 May 2018, either party would have the right to terminate the agreement unless such date is amended by mutual agreement.

Setting world record, ABB completes tallest e-houses on floating LNG facility

The installation for Petronas is also the world's first commercial floating LNG facility featuring ABB e-houses which are used to manage the electrical requirements.

Gulf Petrochem Group rebrands as GP Global

The new identity creates stronger synergies across its operations and highlights the organisation's focus on the global delivery of best-in-class service.

World Plastics Council elects LyondellBasell executive James Seward as new chairman

The WPC was founded in 2014 with the goal of becoming the plastic industry's platform to accelerate cooperation and alignment, and to deliver improved outcomes for the benefit of society and the global plastics industry.

Evonik, Siemens collaborate to generate specialty chemicals from CO2, eco-electricity

The two companies are working on electrolysis and fermentation processes in a joint research project called Rheticus.

Fluor in Fortune's 'world's most admired companies' list for 18th consecutive year

Now in its 35th year, Fortune's 'World's Most Admired Companies' list is considered a definitive report card on corporate reputations.

ADNOC, LCT sign 3-year contract for sale of 1mtpy of naphtha

During the year, ExxonMobil announced a number of discoveries, acquisitions and other activities in various countries, including Brazil, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea and Suriname.

ExxonMobil named 2017 'Explorer of the Year' by World Oil and Gas Council

During the year, ExxonMobil announced a number of discoveries, acquisitions and other activities in various countries, including Brazil, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea and Suriname.

Borealis, Borouge celebrate tenth anniversary of 'Water for the World' programme

Since its launch 10 years ago, 'Water for the World' and its partners have carried out numerous projects across Asia and Africa, including in India, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Ethiopia and Kenya, benefiting the lives of around 800,000 people.

Orpic participates in PLASTEX Egypt

Orpic booth at PLASTEX showcased a wide range of plastic products which are made from the company's polypropylene plants and being distributed to more than 60 countries worldwide.

Sulzer appoints Al Majal Technical Services as authorised repair partner for Iraq

Sulzer's engineering and project management expertise together with the local competencies of AMTS strengthen each other's capability to execute the overhaul, site service, repair and maintenance of rotating equipment, and their associated ancillaries.

Clariant inaugurates new masterbatch production facility in Saudi Arabia

The site is owned by Clariant Masterbatches Saudi Arabia, a joint venture between Clariant and Rowad, a plastic products manufacturer in the Middle East and part of Tasnee, Saudi Arabia's second largest industrial company.

Alternative Petroleum Technologies develops low-cost desulphurisation technology for refiners

APT's ODS process has been independently validated by the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Labs and has been optimised to produce ultra-low sulphur fuels at low cost.

Aramco, CB&I, Chevron Lummus Global sign JDA to commercialise thermal-crude-to-chemicals technology

The joint development agreement will serve to scale up and commercialise Saudi Aramco's Thermal Crude to Chemicals (TC2C) technology.

Sadara, SADIG-ILCO sign ethylene oxide, propylene oxide supply deal

Under the terms of the supply agreement, SADIG-ILCO's new PlasChem Park facility will offtake ethylene oxide (EO) and propylene oxide (PO) from Sadara through the EO and PO pipelines that are being established by Sadara.

Sadara inks agreements to sell, lease back packaging centre assets

The agreements govern the sale and transfer of Packaging Center assets to ICTSS and the lease back of these facilities to Sadara.

Mammoet wins Africa refinery contract

Mammoet has landed a major contract as part of a key refinery project in Nigeria.

Gulf Navigation enhances petchem transportation capabilities, adds two carriers to its fleet

Refinancing the two carriers is an important addition to the company's petrochemical transportation capabilities.

Emerson opens new $25mn facility in Saudi Arabia to boost localised innovation, training

The focus of Emerson's new facility aligns with Saudi Arabia's National Transformation Plan and the Saudi Vision 2030 development agenda which looks at technology as a key enabler to boost job creation and economic activities in the non-oil sector.

Kuwait Petroleum International acquires 50% ownership in Duqm refinery

The refinery, run by the joint venture between OOC and KPI, will be able to process 230,000 barrels of crude oil per day and occupy 900 hectares in the Duqm industrial zone, with expected investments of up to $15bn over the next decade.

Masdar, Statoil join forces to explore potential of battery storage solution

Under the terms of the agreement, the parties will purchase, test and install Batwind to investigate how the battery storage solution can be leveraged to improve the operational and cost efficiency of offshore wind farms.

Masdar, Envyron Energy to collaborate on plastic-to-fuel technology

The objective of this collaboration is to explore further refinement of the plastic-derived fuel produced by Envyron to up-cycle it into a transportation grade fuel.

Saudi Aramco displays innovative initiatives at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

The Saudi participation in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is led by the Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, where high-profile Saudi organisations are showcasing sustainability related initiatives and technologies at the Saudi Pavilion.

Zayed Future Energy Prize winners honoured

The event marked the historic 10th anniversary of the world's preeminent sustainability award and 2018 as the Year of Zayed.

Koch-Glitsch, IPT partnership offers new technology for refiners

DTL process technology converts light olefins, present in fluidised-bed catalytic cracking (FCC) off-gas, coker off-gas and other refinery streams, into high-octane gasoline blend stock, significantly increasing their value.

ADNOC acquires remaining 49% share of Al Reyadah

Since late 2016, ADNOC has been utilising the CO2 captured and transported by Al Reyadah for injection into its onshore fields to effectively boost oil production as part of its Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) strategy.

Libya's NOC wins arbitration case, calls for restart of Ras Lanuf refinery

Trasta and Lerco commenced the arbitration proceedings against NOC in late 2013 and it has taken the two cases' tribunals over three years to decide on the dispute and issue final rulings.

Increasing energy demand can only be met by diversified energy mix, says ADNOC Group CEO

ADNOC's 2030 strategy aims to capitalise on predicted global economic growth and demand for oil and petrochemical products, particularly in non-OECD countries.

New Wood Mackenzie report: Explorers primed for 2018, but caution likely to be key

Wood Mackenzie's five themes to affect the sector in 2018 are: fewer explorers focused on fewer plays; investment remaining supressed; big wells mainly in deepwater & frontiers; acreage reloading gaining pace; and long overdue move back to profitability.

Second Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum addresses geopolitical, sustainability challenges

The two-day premier event gathered international and regional industry leaders in Abu Dhabi to address the geopolitical, energy and sustainability challenges and opportunities of the future.

Asia, Middle East to drive gas demand growth, says Crescent Petroleum CEO

Natural gas is still showing strong signs of becoming the world's second most important source of energy over the next decade, according to Majid Jafar, CEO, Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East's oldest private oil and gas company.

Nominations for the 8th GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards open till 25th January

Scheduled to take place alongside the 9th GPCA PlastiCon on 14 March 2018, the awards will bestow accolades on companies and individuals across six different categories for their outstanding initiatives and achievements.

Aramco team wins innovation awards at engineering geophysics conference in the UAE

Saudi Aramco received first place for a novel technology that relates to automatic near surface velocity and residual statics solutions from surface consistent analysis of refracted waves.

EQUATE boosts its sustainability awareness campaign in Kuwait on plastics, recycling

The campaign encompasses EQUATE's objectives to achieve sustainable development in every aspect of its business, be it operationally, socially or environmentally.

New survey: Geopolitics will replace oil supply cuts as the biggest driver of crude prices in 2018

The UAE Energy Forum will host the world's first feature interview with HE Suhail Al Mazrouei, the UAE minister of energy and industry, since taking up his position as president of OPEC on 1 January 2018.

SOCO confirms evaluating potential merger with Kuwait Energy

SOCO International's discussions with Kuwait Energy's newly constituted board of directors are preliminary and no transaction terms have been agreed.

Petro Rabigh starts production at 10 units of its phase-two project

Upon completion of all phase two plants, both phases one and two will be integrated operationally within the Petro Rabigh industrial complex.

PGPIC invests $9bn to build 10 petrochemical plants in Iran

Rasoul Ashfarzadeh, director of planning and development, PGPIC, said the projects have so far made between 10 to 90% physical progress.

SABIC launches new line of resins with advanced high-clarity, high-heat polycarbonate copolymers

LEXAN CXT resins can offer a unique balance of high-temperature resistance, high flow and excellent colour stability under extreme moulding conditions, together with a high refractive index.

Aramco, partners launch International Maritime Industries joint venture

The new joint venture localises essential links for Saudi Aramco's supply chain related to offshore drilling and shipping activities, which will lead to optimised cost, reduced response times and improved agility for Saudi Aramco and its affiliates.

ADNOC, Morocco's OCP ink long-term sulphur sales agreement

Under the agreement, ADNOC, the world's largest exporter of sulphur, will steadily supply OCP, the largest worldwide sulphur importer, until 2025.

France's Axens, Ceca supports Iran's Noori petrochemical project

Mojtaba Taheri, the plant's managing director, said the two companies are involved in replacing the molecular sieve and absorption tower panels of the plant.

Saudi Aramco's Yanbu refinery wins global accolades for flare optimisation

Winning a Green Apple Environment Award for 2017 is aligned with YRD's vision to become a model refinery by 2020 through the implementation of new technologies and initiatives, thereby enhancing its environmental, energy, and financial portfolios.

Albemarle launches new FCC catalyst technology for refiners

The Granite technology reinforces Albemarle's long-standing leadership in the FCC market and offers new options for customers, whether they focus on fuel or petrochemical production.

Orpic successfully completes Al Jifnain terminal performance tests

The performance testing period has been utilised to train the drivers of the tanker trucks who will be transporting the oil products from Al Jifnain terminal to the petrol stations.

Petroleum Development Oman hosts first Auditors' Day in Oman

Around 60 internal audit managers and specialists from both the public and the private sectors attended the event at PDO's Learning and Development Centre.

SABIC's new polypropylene extrusion facility in Netherlands becomes operational

In line with SABIC's strategic commitment to customer-driven innovation, this highly automated facility will provide new polymer solutions to meet customer needs for changing market requirements by bringing enhancements in its products.

McDermott, CB&I to combine in transaction valued at $6bn

Combined company to be a global leader with a complementary geographic portfolio and a strong presence in high-growth developing regions.

World Bank will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after 2019

To align its support to countries to meet their Paris goals, World Bank Group will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after 2019.

Senior energy professionals to gather in Abu Dhabi for Global Energy Forum

This premier gathering of government, industry and thought leaders will set the global energy agenda for the year and anticipate and respond to dramatic changes in the world of energy.

Schlumberger to develop manufacturing centre in Saudi Arabia

As Schlumberger expands its manufacturing base within the Kingdom, the industrial manufacturing centre will be developed over 500,000 square metres on land allocated for energy-related industries.

Global oil storage market set to reach $17.22bn in 2023

The market was valued at $12.86bn in 2016, and is expected to reach $17.22bn at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2% from 2017 to 2023.

Petroleum Development Oman unveils In-Country Value Awards

The launch coincides with the fourth anniversary of the launch of the ICV Blueprint Strategy 2013-2020 which aims to develop a competitive and sustainable local supply market for the oil and gas industry and Omani skills.

Centrifuge Equipment Services launches its operations in the UAE

Designed to meet the requirements for servicing, repairing, rebuilding and reconditioning of centrifuges and centrifuge components and utilised by various industries, the facility is located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, UAE.

Schlumberger wins Aramco contracts for drilling rigs for oil and gas wells

Under the contracts, Schlumberger Integrated Drilling Services (IDS) will provide drilling rigs and services for up to 146 gas wells and up to 128 oil wells over three years.

Oman in focus: Marwan Chaar of GlassPoint Solar on the Sultanate's oil & gas sector

Marwan Chaar, vice president, project development, GlassPoint Solar, speaks to ArabianOilandGas.com on the latest developments in the oil and gas market in the Sultanate of Oman.

Wood Mackenzie global costs survey: Can upstream cost savings stick in 2018?

Wood Mackenzie's global costs survey shows that in 2018 savings will be materially lower than in 2016-17.

Baker Hughes wins $175mn Aramco contract to boost production at Haradh, Hawiyah gas fields

Part of Al-Ghawar, Haradh and Hawiyah gas fields play a key role in supporting the Kingdom's focus on leveraging its gas resources, complementing Saudi Aramco's plans to double gas production to 23bn standard cubic feet per day in the next decade.

Albemarle to sell polyolefin catalyst business to W.R. Grace for $416mn

The organometallics and curatives portions of the Performance Catalysts Solutions business will remain with Albemarle. Grace will assume the lease and operations at the Product Development Centre in Baton Rouge, and operations at the South Korean site.

LUKOIL continues exploration at Block 10, appraisal of Eridu field in Iraq

At Block 10, 2D seismic acquisition of the southern and central parts is planned to be accomplished over an area of 3,500 linear kilometres to ensure the mapping of targets for prospect drilling.

Phoenix Contact switches for automation applications under harsh ambient conditions

The switches can be used in Ex Zone 2 according to ATEX and IECEx and have shipbuilding approvals GL/DNV, ABS, LR, BV, and RINA.

Phoenix Contact Mini Analog Pro signal conditioners offers reliable insulation from field to network

Up to eight field signals can be transmitted to industrial networks without error on less than 50mm overall width.

Active redundancy modules for preventive function monitoring from Phoenix Contact

Using preventive function monitoring, the redundancy module informs the user about the output voltages of the power supplies, defects in the wiring and the decoupling section, as well as the actual load current.

ExxonMobil, Petrobras form alliance to explore new opportunities in oil & gas value chain

The firms will evaluate areas of mutual interest that can bring together their experience across the oil and gas production value chain, including opportunities for cooperation in exploration, production, gas and chemicals, both inside and outside Brazil.

Schneider Electric unveils new digital architecture for process management in energy sector

Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure architecture is an open and interoperable system architecture for oil and gas end-users.

Petrofac wins $160mn contract in Iraq from Basra Oil Company

The new two-year extension reflects Petrofac's continued delivery focus and five-year track record as the incumbent operations and maintenance service provider.

Wood Mackenzie outlook: Upstream companies to enter 2018 with a focus shift from 'survive' to 'thrive'

The outlook forecasts a third successive increase in project sanctions from the 2015 low. This is another indicator that recovery is under way.

SNC-Lavalin, Saudi Aramco sign MoU boosting in-country opportunities

The MoU supports Saudi Aramco's In-Kingdom Total Value Add (Iktva) programme, which applies to Saudi Aramco suppliers and drives the localisation of oilfield services and equipment value chain, to strengthen and diversify the Saudi economy.

Aramco showcases 140 localisation opportunities worth $16bn at Iktva SMEs Forum

The forum promoted an agenda designed to raise the bar with a set of over 140 investment opportunities in localisation valued at over $16bn in several industrial and business sectors across the Saudi Arabian energy sector.

TALKE group implements Responsible Care initiative for its operations in the GCC

Within the countries belonging to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), TALKE becomes one of the first chemical logistics providers to sign up to the chemical industry's Responsible Care initiative.

ADNOC Distribution IPO becomes largest in Abu Dhabi in 10 years, trading commences on ADX

As an important step in its ongoing transformation and the more proactive management of its assets and capital, ADNOC successfully completed the IPO of ADNOC Distribution today as trading commenced on Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

TechnipFMC opens new facility in Abu Dhabi to support Middle East operations

The new facility will offer a broader range of capabilities in-country, supporting the full TechnipFMC portfolio with its high technology equipment in the drilling, completion, production and pressure control segments.

Petrofac wins $800mn contract from BP for Khazzan phase 2 in Oman

The engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) scope of work also includes liquid and compression trains and associated infrastructure, as well as brownfield work associated with connecting the Phase 1 and 2 facilities.

DNO triples production from Peshkabir field in Kurdistan

The production was increased to 15,000 barrels of oil per day following completion of the Peshkabir-3 well testing, stimulation and clean-up programme.

Oceaneering's TerminalSmart platform augmented to boost liquid terminal logistics

The enhanced TerminalSmart platform improves and standardises terminal-wide productivity best practices and benchmarking, generates insights for reducing demurrage and other costs, optimises product flow and volume availability.

Tendeka appoints new CEO to boost growth

Brad Baker joins Tendeka after a 27-year career with Baker Hughes, most recently as vice president of stimulation and production enhancement.

DNV GL grants approval-in-principle for Wison multifunctional LNG distributor

Wison LNGD is a versatile LNG distribution vessel, designed to affordably deliver small LNG parcels to multiple locations.

Honeywell survey reveals low adoption of industrial cyber security measures

The survey, Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda, was conducted by LNS Research and sponsored by Honeywell, polling 130 strategic decision makers from industrial companies about their approach to the IIoT.

Top officials of Saudi Aramco visit Jazan refinery and terminal project

Saudi Aramco's projects in Jazan are designed to enable an industrial springboard to achieve the vision of a diversified economy under the framework of the Kingdom's strategic Vision 2030 economic roadmap.

BASF, LetterOne to merge oil and gas subsidiaries

Wintershall DEA would have significant growth potential and be one of the largest independent European exploration and production companies. In the medium term, BASF and LetterOne envisage to list Wintershall DEA through an initial public offering.

Siluria Technologies, Wood unveil technology to convert offgas into refinery products

Jointly developed by Siluria Technologies and Wood, Modus provides a proven and cost-efficient, one step process to upgrade low-value refinery offgases, otherwise burned for heat, into high-value fungible refinery products.

SABIC, Guangzhou Nansha Development Zone ink MoU for further cooperation

SABIC's investment in Guangzhou Nansha Development Zone started in 1994, with its Nansha plant enjoying a total investment of $248mn as of today.

Alfa Laval wins $6.5mn heat exchanger order from Middle East refinery

The order comprises compact heat exchangers for energy recovery in the refinery process where low octane refinery naphthas are converted into high-octane liquid products.

Gazprom Neft commissions new gas processing plant at Badra field in Iraq

Dry feed gas, processed at the Badra field, is transported via a 100-kilometre pipeline to the Az-Zubaidiya power station, supplying electric power not just to provinces throughout Iraq, but also to the capital city of Bagdad.

CB&I wins $95mn EPC contract for SASREF refinery modernisation

The scope of work includes the engineering, procurement and construction management for SASREF's modernisation and expansion of its existing refinery in Al-Jubail city, Saudi Arabia.

Aramco Trading launches first global office in Singapore

The expansion of Aramco Trading in Singapore is part of the strategy of Aramco to optimise value across the whole oil and products chain, servicing its markets and customers, as well as support the expanding refining and petrochemical output of Aramco.

US Federal Trade Commission deters Tronox acquisition of Cristal

The complaint of FTC charged that Tronox acquisition of Cristal, for $1.67bn and a 24% stake in the combined entity, would violate the antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition in the North American market for chloride process titanium dioxide.

Hendrik Schonfelder appointed as president for Evonik Middle East and Africa

After obtaining his doctorate in chemical engineering from Technical University Hamburg, Hendrik Schonfelder began his professional career with BASF in 1995. Schonfelder joined Evonik in 2013, in Germany.

What will the process industry look like in 2025?

What will the process industry look like in 2025? More flexible, more integrated, more biological, experts say. Three focal topics bring 'flexible production', 'chemical and pharma logistics' and 'biotech for chemistry' to the forefront at ACHEMA 2018.

Jacobs wins FEED contract for Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corp project

In execution of the FEED, Jacobs will utilise resources from multiple centres of excellence located in Calgary, Houston and Charleston, West Virginia, with a significant portion of the project scope performed in Canada.

Secretary Perry visits ADNOC headquarters, explores UAE-US bilateral energy cooperation

In the meeting, at ADNOC's corporate headquarters, discussions focused on strengthening the UAE and ADNOC's long-standing and close relationship with the United States in the energy sector.

ClearSign wins order for six burners from Middle East refiner

The refinery is among the largest in the region with a reported capacity of just under 200,000bpd. The customer is a leading refinery in the Eastern Mediterranean/Middle East region and are part of a large integrated refining and petrochemicals complex.

Tronox' acquisition of Cristal TiO2 business crosses major US antitrust hurdle

Tronox intends to consummate the transaction promptly following the satisfaction of all remaining conditions to the acquisition, including antitrust clearance by the European Commission and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

TechnipFMC wins $4.2bn Bapco contract with Samsung, Tecnicas

The project entails the expansion of the capacity of the existing Sitra oil refinery from 267,000 to 360,000bpd and will be executed on engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning lump sum turnkey basis and is slated for completion in 2022.

Thyssenkrupp to build two polymer plants for SASA in Turkey

One plant is planned to produce 1,050 metric tonnes per day of PET for low-viscosity applications. The second plant will use Uhde Inventa-Fischer's MTR® technology to produce 216,000 tonnes per year of resin for the production of PET bottles.

WR Grace licenses UNIPOL polypropylene process technology to KIPIC

Expected to open in 2023, the integrated petrochemical complex at KIPIC's Al-Zour refinery is designed to produce 940 kilo tonnes per year of polypropylene, including high-end homopolymer, random copolymer, and impact copolymer thermoplastic resins.

Inaugural GPCA Legacy Award 'Al Rowad' honours Arabian Gulf chemical industry pioneers

Families of the late Dr Ghazi Al-Gosaibi, Yousuf Al-Shirawi and Abdulbaqi Al-Nouri, who have been recognised as Arabian Gulf Chemical Pioneers, collected the awards from Yousef Al-Benyan, chairman of GPCA, and CEO and vice chairman of SABIC.

Saudi Aramco awards contracts for Haradh, Hawiyah gas development projects

Hawiyah gas plant expansion project will provide extra gas processing facilities to process 1,070 million standard cubic feet per day of raw sweet gas, installing a pipeline network to allow free flowing 290MMSCFD from Haradh field to Hawiyah gas plant.

ExxonMobil to combine refining & marketing divisions, names Bryan Milton president

By combining activities of the two divisions – ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company and ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company – ExxonMobil will achieve further integration to enhance performance in the market.

Video: Rebecca Liebert, president & CEO, Honeywell UOP, on the future of downstream industry

Rebecca Liebert, president & CEO, Honeywell UOP, comments on the position of the Middle East in the global refining and petrochemical industry landscape and the role of Honeywell UOP in it, five years from now.

Video: Gerald Woodward, sales & marketing manager, Parker, on the clearcurrent PRO SP+ cartridge filter

Designed and manufactured specifically for gas turbines in the Middle East, the PRO SP+ filter sets a new standard for gas turbine protection in the region through superior dust-holding capacity and pulse-ability.

Gulf downstream industry needs to transform itself, SABIC's CEO tells GPCA Forum

GPCA members need to manage costs more effectively, institute world-class commercial manufacturing, supply chain and functional operations, and look seriously at the possibilities of both divestiture and consolidation.

Emerson withdraws proposal to acquire Rockwell Automation

The Rockwell board again rejected Emerson's offer, which would have delivered approximately $30bn of value to Rockwell shareholders.

Sadara, Gulf Interchem sign MoU for chemical by-product recycling facility

The MoU was signed for a by-products upgrade project based in PlasChem Park, a collaborative industrial park between Sadara and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) in Jubail Industrial City II.

Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East organises roundtable on digitalisation in downstream industry

The roundtable discussed the themes of 'Current Automation/Digitalisation Landscape of the Downstream Industry', 'Innovations in Automation and Digitalisation', and 'Humans Collaborating with Systems through Digitalisation' in three separate sessions.

Sipchem sponsors 12th GPCA Annual Forum

Sipchem is also sponsoring a number of Saudi university students under the 'Leaders of Tomorrow' programme to qualify them for the labour market and to brief them about the industrial sector in general.

KIPIC to expand Al-Zour refinery with Honeywell UOP technology

Honeywell UOP will supply technology licences, design services, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents to produce clean-burning fuels, paraxylene, propylene and other petrochemicals.

ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Ports to launch high-tech marine simulation centre

Under this long-term partnership, the marine simulation centre will provide training for ADNOC employees and serve the wider marine community when it begins operations in late 2018.

Saudi Aramco, SABIC sign MoU to develop the largest crude-oil-to-chemicals complex, creating 30,000 jobs

The crude-oil-to-chemicals complex is expected to process 400,000 barrels per day of crude oil, which will produce approximately nine million tons of chemicals and base oils annually and is expected to start operations in 2025.

Gulf Petrochem boosts global trade with new Sub-Saharan Africa trading desk

Appointment of three key professionals – Ngari Githitho, Yolanda Nell and Gert Nell – to manage the Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa trading desk at its headquarters in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, bring in extensive local knowledge and sectoral experience.

ADNOC, LEGO Education sign partnership agreement to boost STEM education

The agreement was signed at ADIPEC 2017 by Reem Al Buainain (sitting, right), manager, corporate social responsibility (CSR), ADNOC, and Senthil Kugan, director, ATLAB/Emphor Trading, on behalf of Lego Education.

The Middle East catalyst community to converge in Bahrain

Ongoing developments in refining, petrochemicals and chemicals as well as the influence of environmental factors are increasing the demand for higher performance catalysts.

Borouge receives Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management

The award granted to Borouge is a testimony of the company's robust way of managing innovation projects portfolio that has largely contributed to its success.

ENOC expands its aviation fuel business by 70% in five years

This year, ENOC Group extended its jet fuel supply capabilities to India, Djibouti, Egypt, Mauritius, Georgia, Thailand and Italy, expanding its international operations to cover 143 airports across 23 countries.

Bunker fuel regulations to be key topic at bottom of the barrel technology conference in Bahrain

The result of the International Maritime Organisation's MARPOL VI means that the refining industry will need to convert around 150mte of residue to 0.50 mass % sulphur, therefore, having a massive impact on refinery configuration and operations.

Schmidt Heilbronn, NOGA JV opens $20mn chemical logistics facility in Bahrain

The $20mn facility will create around 100 jobs in the logistics sector (directly and indirectly). Located in the Bahrain Logistics Zone, it will support the zone's expanding operations, particularly in the chemical and petrochemical logistics market.

ADNOC, Cepsa sign deal to evaluate new world-scale LAB complex in Ruwais

Demand for linear alkyl benzene products forecast to grow by 5% CAGR between 2016 and 2030.

AkzoNobel opens advanced application training centre in Dubai

The state-of-the-art facility will offer advanced training programmes for AkzoNobel customers, enabling them to build capacity and deepen their knowledge of paints and coatings.

Emerson proposes to acquire Rockwell Automation in transaction valued at $29bn

The total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $29bn.

Bilfinger appoints Ali Vezvaei as executive president for the Middle East operations

Vezvaei joins Bilfinger, bringing his extensive management experience in the Middle East. As president and CEO for the Middle East and North Africa at Linde Engineering, he was responsible for business and projects in the region.

BP renews AspenTech contract for engineering, manufacturing and supply chain software

This global strategic enterprise agreement allows BP to leverage the full range of AspenTech's solutions, including Aspen PIMS-AO for refinery planning, Aspen Advanced Process Control solutions and Aspen HYSYS® solutions for engineering and optimisation.

Middle East energy sector overtaking finance as target for cyber criminals

Recent figures from McAfee estimate the global cost of cyber related crime, or illicit activity, is between $375bn and $550bn per year.

BASF launches new catalyst for refiners to optimise operations

Fortress NXT catalyst has been optimised to deliver superior metals passivation and activity maintenance, while keeping hydrogen and coke production low. For refineries, this creates the opportunity for profit maximisation.

New study: Middle East oil & gas sector needs readiness boost as industrial cyber risk increases

A survey of the oil and gas industry executives in the Middle East, conducted by Siemens and Ponemon Institute, reveals that 50% of all cyber-attacks are directed against the oil and gas industry in the Middle East region alone.

Global oil and gas leaders gather in Abu Dhabi as largest ADIPEC opens

ADIPEC 2017 marks the event's 20th edition and its largest to date, bringing together more than 2,200 exhibiting companies, 27 country pavilions, 900 speakers, 10,000 delegates, and 100,000 attendees from more than 125 countries.

Saudi Aramco signs $4.5bn contracts for mega oil and gas projects

Eight agreements were signed, including three agreements with Madrid-based Tecnicas Reunidas under the gas compression programme in the southern area.

Sadara affiliates with Jubail Industrial College, Jubail Technical Institute

The MoUs with the two Jubail educational institutions constitute a strategic Learning and Development initiative by Sadara's human capital development department designed to add value to Sadara's employees.

Siemens to address oil and gas challenges with digitalisation at ADIPEC

Siemens will show that with the right combination of solutions, services and products, companies can boost productivity and competitiveness and increase safety and reliability while cutting costs, even in an environment of continuing low oil prices.

Dow appoints Luciano Poli as its president for the India, Middle East and Turkey region

Poli takes on the new position, as he marks a successful career of nearly three decades at Dow, with a commitment to drive the region's growth strategy, further enhance Dow's leadership and strengthen key strategic partnerships across the region.

SABIC reports 10.71% rise in Q3-2017 net profits

SABIC's net profit for Q3-2017 was $1.54bn as compared to $1.39bn in the same period last year, an increase of 10.71%, and increased to $0.99bn as compared to the previous quarter, a 56.06% increase.

KBR wins VCC technology contract from Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company

The Veba Combi Cracking (VCC) technology will be implemented at JPRC's refinery in Jordan and will be the core of the refinery's expansion plans to increase production to 120,000 barrels per day.

Video: Dr Holger Stolpmann of W.L. Gore on high efficiency air intake filters

Dr Holger Stolpmann, general manager, W.L. Gore & Associates GMBH Middle East, explains how high efficiency air intake filters can increase gas turbine availability at the Middle East Rotating Machinery Technology and Innovation Conference & Showcase 2017

Video: Alex Myers on Sulzer's solutions for the downstream sector

Alex Myers, retrofit sales director, EMEA, Sulzer Pumps, talks about Sulzer's solutions for the Middle East downstream sector at the Middle East Rotating Machinery Technology and Innovation Conference & Showcase, held during 10-12 October 2017 in Dubai.

Activist investors thwart Clariant-Huntsman merger

While the merger would have enabled Clariant to speed up its strategy, the company has the utmost confidence in continuing its own path towards the goal of reaching a position in the top tier of the specialty chemicals industry.

SABIC joint venture awards contract for new polycarbonate plant in China

The new polycarbonate production plant is expected to be operational by 2020. It will leverage SABIC's world-class advanced polycarbonate technology and maintain the company's leading position in polycarbonate resin products.

Aramco subsidiary to buy stake in Rotterdam terminal from Gunvor

The acquisition will complement Saudi Aramco's export activities in Europe, strengthen the company's supply chain and enhance its customer services in the region.

ADNOC Distribution honoured at the World Branding Awards

ADNOC Distribution was awarded the 'Brand of the Year' in the UAE petrol/gas station category at the prestigious global awards ceremony, held at Kensington Palace in London and hosted by David Croft of Sky Sports.

New survey: Sixty percent of oil & gas employers expect to recruit significantly over next year

In total, NES Global Talent and oilandgasjobsearch.com surveyed more than 3,000 employers and almost 7,000 workers as part of their Oil and Gas Outlook 2017 report.

Saudi Aramco participates in the Future Investment Initiative 2017

The initiative provided a platform for expert-led debate on current and future global investment trends, with the aim of achieving impactful, sustainable returns in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

New study: Analytics, big data to drive refining industry performance

Refining industry must deploy analytics and big data at scale to fully exploit such resources, a new survey finds.

PGPIC signs petrochemical sales contracts with three Asian buyers

PGPIC subsidiaries exported 700,000 tons of polymer products in the first half of the current Iranian calendar year which began on 21 March.

H1 production of Iran's Bandar Emam Petrochemical Company up by 7% Y/Y

Bandar Emam Petrochemical Company supplied 2.85 million tons of products during the period which was made possible by timely management and removing of production bottlenecks.

Rosneft, Kurdistan Regional Government announce joint oil pipeline project

On the sidelines of the V Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona Rosneft and Kurdistan Regional Government have announced the start of joint implementation of an infrastructure project for the operation of the oil pipeline in the Kurdish Autonomous Region.

Wacker honours researchers for pioneering innovative heat-transfer medium

Named after the founder of Wacker Chemie, the Euro10,000 'Alexander Wacker Innovation Award' is bestowed alternately in the categories of product innovation, process innovation and basic research.

Institute of Risk Management initiates survey for oil and gas industry

In a bid to support, encourage and empower the oil and gas industry to take further steps to improve its risk management maturity, Institute of Risk Management is undertaking a survey to understand what companies are doing with regard to risk management.

Rockwell Automation to showcase ConnectedProduction solutions at ADIPEC

At the world's leading oil and gas exhibition and conference, Rockwell Automation will demonstrate how the automation, control and safety systems can help producers improve nearly all aspects of oil and gas production.

ADNOC CEO sets out new approach to partnerships and investment

Broader approach to strategic partnerships will maximise capital efficiency, optimise entire value chain and create enduring value as ADNOC delivers on its 2030 Strategy.

France to boost ADIPEC with 40 companies showcasing solutions for operators

Business France is organising a French collective pavilion at ADIPEC, where 40 companies representative of the industry's various sectors will be presenting their products, services and expertise to local professionals.

Petrofac wins Iraq PMC contract from PetroChina

Working in support of PetroChina International Iraq FZE (PetroChina), as the lead operator of Halfaya, Petrofac's Engineering and Production Services (EPS) East business will undertake project management services for five years.

Digitalisation: A new era for oil and gas

As early as the 1980s, oil & gas companies began to adopt digital technologies, with a focus on better understanding a reservoir's resource and production potential, improving health & safety, and boosting marginal operational efficiencies at oil fields.

ADIPEC experiences record bookings from Russia, Central Asia

With CEO-level delegations from Russia's top oil and gas companies attending, the country's national pavilion for 2017 ADIPEC is more than five times in size compared to 2016.

Sipchem Safety Transformation for Excellence Phase 2 launched with DuPont support

The project's objective is to reinvigorate the company's current process safety management system in order to reduce inherent risk within its operations and improve its safety performance.

Orpic's Muscat-Sohar product pipeline, Al Jifnain terminal become operational

The $320mn investment is one of Orpic's strategic growth projects which will deliver more than 50% of Oman's fuel via the state-of-the-art storage facility.

ADNOC unveils common brand identity across group companies

ADNOC's businesses will have a centralised governance model but continue to be autonomous while working together in partnership to accelerate 2030 smart growth strategy.

SASREF wins Emerson's Reliability Programme of the Year award

Emerson's annual Reliability Programme of the Year award recognises organisations for improving operations through adoption of Top Quartile reliability strategies.

SABIC showcases sustainable agri-nutrient products at agriculture exhibition

The SABIC stand at the event presented a new series of agri-nutrient products that are customised to the specific needs of each crop, such as water-soluble fertilisers, to provide farmers with sustainable, cost-efficient & water-efficient nutrient input.

Women continue to be change-makers in oil and gas industry

Held as part of ADIPEC, more than 200 delegates are expected to attend Women in Energy conference, offering a full day of discussions on strategies aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion within the global oil and gas industry.

MEPEC's LEWAS initiative honours women in energy, engineering professions

The Leadership Excellence for Women Awards (LEWAS) is an initiative to encourage role models and champions of female empowerment in the sector to encourage women into engineering profession in the GCC.

Port of Antwerp implements 'Zero Pellet Loss' initiative

In practical terms, a 'Zero Pellet Loss' consultative platform is being set up in Antwerp to organise measures for keeping the loss of pellets to an absolute minimum.

Sadara appoints Dr Faisal Al-Faqeer as new CEO

Dr Faisal Al-Faqeer brings with him years of experience in the oil and gas industry, having led different functions within Saudi Aramco, including engineering consulting services, research and development, and refining.

ME RoTIC showcases ground-breaking technologies for rotating equipment

The Middle East Rotating Machinery Technology and Innovation Conference & Showcase 2017 highlighted some of the best practices, trends and innovative strategies to maintain the rotating equipment.

SABIC appoints new board, Dr Al-Jarboo new chairman, Al-Benyan VC and CEO

Dr Abdulaziz bin Saleh Al-Jarboo was elected as the chairman of the board of directors, Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Benyan, vice chairman and CEO, and Dr Fahad bin Abdullah bin Abdullatif Al-Mubarak, Calum Mclean, and Roberto Gualdoni, as board members.

Bahrain's deputy premier inaugurates MEPEC 2017

The 4th edition of the region's premier process engineering event puts spotlight on innovation, youth and women in process engineering.

Saudi Aramco to invest across India's downstream value chain

Amin H Nasser said at the inaugural IHS CERAWeek India Energy Forum that Saudi Vision 2030 and Vision for a New India can help companies from both countries and across sectors to tap into significant new growth opportunities because of these programmes.

ADNOC strengthens energy partnership with Japan through tri-partite memorandum

ADNOC is Japan's second largest supplier of crude oil, and a major supplier of gas and refined products.

Saudi Aramco boosts presence in India with opening of office in New Delhi

New Delhi office will further enhance Saudi Aramco's international portfolio expansion with focus on key economic growth regions led by India as a leading hub in South Asia.

LUKOIL, National Iranian Oil Company sign MoU for oil & gas exploration

LUKOIL and NIOC expressed their interest to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation, which implies basin modelling and analysis of the petroleum systems of northwest areas of the Persian Gulf, the Abadan plateau and the South Caspian basin.

Orpic reconstitutes its board of directors

The new board will be chaired by HE Dr Mohammed bin Hamed Al Rumhi, minister of oil and gas, Sultanate of Oman (chairman).

Aramco signs five MoUs with key Russian energy entities during King Salman's visit

Saudi Arabian and Russian companies can create significant synergy in ensuring sustainable energy future, says Saudi Aramco CEO.

ADIPEC to support vertical integration through oil & gas value chain

While Middle East NOCs identify diversification as priority for stable long-term business growth, investment strategies aim to maximise revenue from each barrel of oil.

SABIC honoured for sponsoring programme to mark International Day of Older Persons

SABIC has invested more than $0.80bn in various projects and initiatives to serve the community in different areas.

ENOC incorporates award to honour outstanding women in the UAE energy sector

The award will recognise women role models in the energy sector who demonstrate exceptional leadership and have proven their capability as catalysts for change through transformational contributions to the industry.

Emerson unveils new operations consulting group to help manufacturers

Operational Certainty consulting service helps manufacturers justify, design, execute and quantify value achieved by combining IIoT technologies, proven methodologies and industry expertise.

SIBUR, RDIF, Aramco, SABIC sign MoUs during King Salman's Russia visit

According to the MoUs, the companies will estimate the potential of the petrochemical markets in Russia and Saudi Arabia and explore opportunities for future cooperation.

Sipchem participates in Saudi Russian Forum in Moscow

HH Majed Al-Gosaisbi, minister of commerce and investment, Saudi Arabia, HH Khalid A Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, Saudi Arabia, and Alexander Novak, minister of energy, Russian Federation, opened the exhibition.

Vacuum gas oil hydro treating unit of Petro Rabigh undertakes planned shutdown

The shutdown started on 4 October 2017 and will last for a period of 32 days, with the unit returning to normal operation on 4 November 2017, once all necessary safety measures have been carried out in accordance with the required standards.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers to hold key workshops at MEPEC 2017

'The Keys to Managing a Capital Project Successfully' and 'Spreadsheet Problem-solving for Chemical Engineers' will run concurrently from 09:00 to 17:00 on 10th and 11th October 2017 at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre.

Orpic's Mina Al Fahal refinery undergoes planned turnaround

The turnaround is expected to have a total workforce of 2,200 and anticipated 1,000,000 man-hours at site.

Gardner Denver launches 'Parts on Demand' programme in the Middle East

Gardner Denver P&IP has the largest inventory in after-market parts and consumables, and now, through the 'Parts on Demand' programme, it can guarantee customers will always have the parts they need when needed.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 for the development of cryo-electron microscopy

We may soon have detailed images of life's complex machineries in atomic resolution.

Add Energy, DC Gruppe join hands to strengthen engineering expertise in Saudi Arabia

The contract, expected to have a turnover of almost $20mn, has strengthened Add Energy's Middle East presence as well as provided the capacity to secure an additional 40 jobs to complete the proposed projects.

Aramco participates in King Salman's Russia visit, explores bilateral energy investments

The visit will reinforce the already strong relationship between Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation, primarily driven by the fact that it is creating the much desired synergy between two highly influential energy powers of the world.

Honeywell Connected Plant technologies to boost Kuwait energy sector

The Honeywell Technology Summit showcased the importance of connected technologies and Industrial Internet of Things for the future development of Kuwait's energy sector and the people who work within it.

All ADNOC Distribution service stations to convert to SMART technology by Q2-2018

The new smart technology speeds up and enhances the customer's vehicle refuelling experience and reduces the potential for delays at peak travel times or due to high congestion.

Emerson study: Sixty percent of manufacturers are testing IIoT programmes

The survey revealed that about 60% are exploring or investing in IIoT pilot projects, but only 5% are investing against a clear business case for how best to implement the technology.

Oil and gas industry becomes key target for cyber criminals

ADIPEC 2017's Security in Energy Conference will focus on strategies to mitigate cyber-crime risks and deploy defence mechanisms to protect critical industry systems and infrastructure.

Add Energy, Trendsetter Engineering unveil RWIS Lite

RWIS Lite is an exact structural replica of the original RWIS. Original RWIS increases the flow capacity of a single relief well, which is a safer and less challenging option to drilling multiple relief wells during a subsea well blowout.

More than 100 expert speakers line up for MEPEC 2017

The 4th edition of the Middle East Process Engineering Conference (MEPEC 2017) will take place during 9-11 October 2017 at the Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Aramco, PETRONAS Chemicals sign SPA to boost petchem projects in Malaysia

The partnership marks a strategic, mutually beneficial relationship that will provide Pengerang Integrated Complex with high-impact strengths and synergies from both Saudi Aramco and PETRONAS Chemicals Group.

GE, MEW open dissolved gas analysis monitoring centre in Kuwait

The turnkey service solution incorporates the retrofit of ageing transformers with monitoring sensors as well as software installation and support from a GE service expert for customer support and data analysis.

Combination of monitoring software and industrial firewall

When SilentDefense and the FL mGuard security appliance are combined in practice, there is an additional benefit for the users.

Masdar Institute achieves critical milestone in developing sustainable aviation biofuel

In February 2018, the Salicornia oil is to be processed at the Takreer Research Center for conversion into aviation biofuel. Once the process is complete, the biofuel will be mixed with jet fuel to power a flight by Etihad Airways on a Boeing aircraft.

ADNOC, Bergen University to partner for enhancing value from UAE's oil reservoirs

Under the agreement, Emirati ADNOC employees, with PhD degree scope, will conduct research at the Center of Integrated Petroleum Research in Bergen University, Norway, alongside some of the world's leading industry researchers.

SATORP receives ISO 14001:2015 certification from Intertek

By achieving ISO 14001:2015 certification, SATORP has set the bar higher for other oil and petrochemical giants in the region to monitor and minimise their environmental footprint through a management system-based approach.

SABIC supports sustainable agriculture with innovative products at GPCA fertiliser convention

SABIC is also launching new specialty products this year, including water-soluble fertilisers, to provide farmers with sustainable, cost-efficient and water-efficient nutrient input resulting in higher crop yields.

Video: Vimal Kapur of Honeywell on digitalisation in refineries

Vimal Kapur, president and CEO, Honeywell Process Solutions, explains the latest trends in the digitalisation drive of the refineries of the future.

Video: Dr Samantha J Horseman responds to Saudi Aramco winning the 2017 'HSE Initiative of the Year' Award

"Lots of hard work, patience, persistence and passion have gone in to developing our Predictive Personal Protective Equipment & Worksite Supervisory System," says Dr Samantha J Horseman of Saudi Aramco.

Video: Gilles Rochas of Orpic on polymer business

Gilles Rochas, general manager, polymer marketing, Orpic, speaks about the status of the polymer industry in the GCC region and also about the future of his company's polymer business.

Emiratis to acknowledge Young ADIPEC for helping them discover the right career

Nine young Emirati students, who were all part of the first edition of Young ADIPEC in 2013, will attend the 2017 edition as part of a new Young ADIPEC Alumni initiative.

Siemens boosts digitalised manufacturing as game-changer for Middle East industry

SPACe is a platform for companies to take an active part in shaping the region's industrial sector through information and best-practice sharing, networking, technology deep-dives, expert insight and hands-on experience with the latest Siemens technology.

EQUATE announces leadership changes, appoints new CEO

Dr Ramachandran will be succeeding Mohammad Hussain, who is retiring after serving as CEO for two consecutive 3-year terms, and a career in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industry extending over 35 years.

Saudi driving decree could generate as much income as Saudi Aramco IPO

According to Bloomberg Intelligence analysis, Saudi driving decree could add $90bn to the Kingdom's economic output by 2030 – the amount what Saudi Arabia is trying to raise through the sale of a 5% share in Saudi Aramco.

Rockwell Automation receives Delphi Pinnacle Award for industrial asset management services

To help achieve these cost savings, Rockwell Automation worked with the diesel components business of Delphi to implement inventory management services, known as the Rockwell Automation Asset Management Program.

ADNOC hosts business partner reception in Singapore for over 400 customers

During the APPEC 2017, ADNOC held face-to-face meetings with a large number of its customers. The company also hosted more than 400 customers and business partners at the ADNOC reception.

EQUATE selects Siemens to upgrade cyber security of ICS

Having carried out an IEC 62443 assessment of network security audit, Siemens will now support EQUATE with an upgrade to the Simatic PCS 7 distributed control system.

Orpic celebrates graduation of 171 Omani trainees

Orpic Trainee Development Programme was established in 2011 and has trained more than 884 trainees to date.

Oman's STS makes the largest process vessel for PDO

The process vessel is the main component in the acid gas removal unit which is being built at the company's Yibal Khuff mega project to remove carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide from produced hydrocarbon gas.

New Wood Mackenzie report: Non-OPEC decline rates to remain stable until 2020

A new report by Wood Mackenzie, Non-OPEC Decline Rates: Lower for Longer, looks at the factors influencing this stability, how long it can be maintained and the impact future shifting decline rates may have on the oil market.

Petrofac wins Iraq FEED modification contract from KOGAS

Petrofac's scope of work includes the modification and application of an existing field design to meet the needs of the Nasiriya GTP, and an estimation for the engineering, procurement and construction costs in line with the revised design requirements.

Petrotechnics survey: Risk is a reality in the global hydrocarbon industry

Insights from more than 200 senior industry leaders reveal that only 6% believe their companies are fully up-to-date with their scheduled safety-critical maintenance.

ABB to acquire GE Industrial Solutions for $2.6bn

As part of the transaction and overall value creation, ABB and GE have agreed to establish a long-term, strategic supply relationship for GE Industrial Solutions products and ABB products that GE sources today.

AspenTech CEO to speak at Middle East Process Engineering Conference

Taking place at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre during 9-11 October 2017, MEPEC 2017's focus is 'Sustainable Growth through Process Innovation and Downstream Integration'.

Saudi Aramco participates in BIBAN SMEs Forum

Boosting the success of SMEs, especially within energy sector, aligns with Aramco's In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) programme that aims at developing local content, creating jobs, and increasing the Kingdom's exports of energy products and services.

DME auctions 21.6mn crude oil barrels, generates $13.7mn premium

DME has now hosted 13 auctions on its platform since January 2016, with a total of 21.6 million barrels sold, generating premiums totalling $13.7mn.

ADID Summit 2017: ADNOC highlights its focus on refining and petrochemicals

The 18th Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit provided a platform to discuss the latest market developments and innovative technologies that are shaping the refining and petrochemical complexes of the future.

L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering wins $262mn KOC pipeline contract in Kuwait

The order was won against stiff international competitive bidding which reinforces L&T's unique capability to deliver 'design to build' engineering and construction solutions across the hydrocarbon spectrum.

GPIC chairman applauds progress in organising eighth annual GPCA fertiliser convention

The eighth GPCA Fertiliser Convention will take place during 26-28 September 2017 at Ritz Carlton, Bahrain, under the theme, 'New beginnings: Return to growth'.

Sadara commences full commercial production in its chemical complex

Located in the company's chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II, the TDI unit consists of three integrated units that will produce di nitro toluene (DNT), toluene di amine (TDA), and TDI.

Air Products to build top-notch technology centre in Saudi Arabia

The new technology centre in Saudi Arabia will deliver the latest technology from Air Products, focused on providing improvements in process safety, energy efficiency, reliability and operational excellence to serve the company's regional customers.

CB&I to supply storage tanks for Duqm refinery project in Oman

The consortium's scope of work for Package 3 encompasses the engineering, procurement and construction of a product export terminal at Duqm Port, a crude tank farm at Ras Markaz and an 80km crude oil pipeline.

Synectics wins multiple Middle East surveillance, security management solutions contracts

Encompassing a broad mix of Synectics' surveillance and security management solutions, the contracts will see the business deploy over 700 COEX camera stations across the Middle East region.

PGPIC in talks with European companies to invest $10bn in petrochemical projects in Iran

Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company is in talks with two major European companies for investing around $10bn in petrochemical projects in Iran.

Halliburton launches new drill bit for high-energy applications

The launch of GeoTech HE positions Halliburton to drive superior levels of performance in the field by helping its customers meet their drilling objectives.

ENGIE's Nicole Iseppi honoured as '2017 female energy adviser/lawyer for the UAE'

The ACQ5 Global Awards recognise each year the leading companies and individuals in the corporate sector, around the globe, who are regarded as industry leaders and who represent the benchmark of achievement and best practice in their area of expertise.

ADNOC's Voyager engine oil, lubricant to be sold in Ethiopia, Yemen

The new agreements with Ethiopia's Kinsi General Trading Company and Yemen's Myco General Trading Company are a further milestone in ADNOC Distribution's drive to increase business, optimise performance and secure greater access to international markets.

Honeywell to host technology summit to boost Kuwait's 2030 oil and gas strategy

Under the patronage of Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Honeywell Technology Summit will bring together public and private sector to discuss the role of technology and human capital for industrial development in Kuwait.

SABIC boosts global growth with strategic polypropylene ventures in Europe

The facilities, dedicated to innovation in SABIC PP products, support SABIC's 2025 strategy to be the preferred world leader in chemicals by delivering 'Chemistry that Matters'.

Energy industry security professionals to attend ISNR

The event brings the security community together to collaborate and develop business opportunities and share future innovations for a safer connected world.

SABIC commences operation of polypropylene pilot plant in the Netherlands

The gas-phase polymerisation licensed technology plant includes a dedicated extrusion line and it will support the production at nearby full-scale plants of materials that meet the needs of various customer industries.

KBC expert to discuss impact of IMO's 2020 sulphur legislation at ERTC

In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) confirmed that ship owners and refiners needed to drastically reduce their sulphur fuel production from 3.5% to 0.5% by 2020.

Industry consortium honours Aramco's East-West pipeline system

The company is expanding its master gas system to help meet the Kingdom's increased demand for natural gas as the industrial sector grows.

Gallery: Oil & Gas and RPME 2017 Awards recognise 12 stellar performers from energy industry

Celebrating excellence in performance, the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East 2017 Awards recognised eight organisations and two individuals for outstanding achievements in 12 categories.

Awards 2017: Aramco's E-Factory honoured with HSE Initiative award

Predictive Personal Protective Equipment & Worksite Supervisory System (E-Factory) of Saudi Aramco is the winner of the HSE Initiative of the Year category at the 2017 Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards.

ENOC customers can use Dubai RTA's NoL card payment system

ENOC's customers can complete their transactions with a simple tap-and-pay for fuel, automotive services and pay for purchases at ZOOM, Pronto and Paavo's Pizza.

DowDuPont completes structure of three intended firms

On a forecasted 2017 basis, the businesses that will be realigned to the Specialty Products Division account for total net sales of more than $8bn and operating EBITDA of approximately $2.4bn, including approximately 40% of heritage Dow Corning EBITDA.

AVEVA to merge with Schneider Electric industrial software business

Combination of AVEVA and the Schneider Electric industrial software business will create a global leader in engineering and industrial software.

Bahri boosts leadership in oil logistics with 40-strong VLCC fleet

The addition of Rimthan to its fast-growing fleet of multipurpose vessels reinforces Bahri's position as the world's largest owner and operator of very large crude oil carriers with a 40-strong fleet.

Iran's PGPIC raises income by $2bn through debottlenecking

By efficiently applying debottlenecking procedures in its facilities since 2013, Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company has raised its annual revenues by at least $2bn.

Saudi energy minister Khalid A Al-Falih to deliver inaugural address at 12th Annual GPCA Forum

Held under the theme 'The chemical industry in transformation: A new journey begins', the 12th edition of the GPCA forum is set to attract over 2,000 delegates from 51 countries.

World's first fully LNG-powered cruise ship to be built by Carnival Corporation

World's largest leisure travel company celebrates keel-laying ceremony for first of the seven next-generation cruise ships to be fully powered by liquefied natural gas, world's cleanest burning fossil fuel.

Mammoet wins heavy lift, transport deal for petrochemical plant in Oman

Mammoet will be transporting and erecting approximately 75 units, including a 100m long fractionator and four bullets weighing over 1,000 tonnes.

Sulzer secures licence of wash tank technology for oil processing from Total

The main purpose of wash tank technology is to enhance the removal of water, salt and contaminants from oil and emulsions, by a controlled distribution of the feed into the bottom of a hull tank of an FPSO/FSO/FPU.

DuPont launches hydrofluoric acid alkylation conversion, expansion technology

HF alkylation units provide all isobutane to the reaction zone by recycling it from the fractionation section, while sulphuric acid alkylation units provide half of the required isobutane from fractionation and half from the refrigeration section.

Aramco Asia develops synergy between Saudi Vision 2030, 'Belt & Road' initiative

The move is considered the latest endeavour under Aramco Asia's business plan to support the flow of reciprocal investments between China and Saudi Arabia, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and China's 'Belt and Road' initiative.

DNV GL forecast: Gas to become world's key energy source by 2035

While renewable energy will grow its share of the energy mix, oil and gas will account for 44% of world energy supply in 2050, compared to 53% today. Gas will become the largest single source of energy from 2035.

Air Liquide E&C, Mitsubishi Chemical partner to license butene-to-crude-butadiene technology

MCC has developed this state-of-the art oxidative dehydrogenation technology of n-butene to produce crude butadiene and verified the viability in a demonstration plant at MCC Mizushima, Japan.

SEZAD to construct $517mn liquid berth to export refined products from Duqm refinery

According to the contract, Boskalis Westminster will carry out detailed engineering designs, construction of marine infrastructure, and dredging and reclamation works, while WorleyParsons will oversee the engineering and construction works of the project.

Bapco refinery uses GE solutions for boiler feedwater, eliminates tank truck delivery

Previously, the limited in-house distillate water production from the desalination units prompted Bapco to import water using tank trucks. GE's mobile water solutions enabled Bapco to convert seawater into high-purity boiler feedwater for refinery use.

ENOC unveils Biodiesel 5 in the UAE, contributes to reducing carbon footprint

ENOC's Biodiesel 5 launch comes in line with UAE's Energy Plan 2050 to encourage the use of alternative and clean fuel.

SABIC donates $200,000 to Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

The American Red Cross is mounting a massive relief effort in the face of the most devastating hurricane to strike the Gulf Coast in more than a decade.

Arkema reports explosions at Crosby plant, warns of more blasts

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey overwhelmed Arkema's primary power and emergency backup power sources, resulting in failure of refrigeration of products at its Crosby site. Some of Arkema's organic peroxide products burn if not stored at low temperature.

DowDuPont successfully completes merger

DowDuPont is moving forward toward the intended separation into industry-leading, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty products, with the separations expected to occur within the 18 months.

CNOOC's Huizhou refinery receives first cargo from Saudi Aramco

The original 240,000bpd CNOOC Huizhou refinery has recently completed a 200,000bpd expansion that is configured to process sour Arab Gulf grades, and Aramco's Arab Medium crude oil is a preferred choice for the plant's baseload.

Specialist Services, RedGuard announce JV to bring state-of-the-art offshore products to US Gulf Coast

The new joint venture, Specialist Services RedGuard, located in Houston, combines the best assets and talents of both parent companies.

Kuwait Paraxylene applies Honeywell Connected Plant services to boost productivity

Kuwait Paraxylene Production Co will use Honeywell Connected Plant's Process Reliability Advisor for ongoing monitoring, early event detection and mitigation of performance issues before they become costly.

Video: Mirko Rubeis of The Boston Consulting Group on the impact of IMO sulphur cap on marine fuels on the refining industry

Mirko Rubeis, partner & managing director, The Boston Consulting Group, Dubai, elaborates on the options for refiners against the backdrop of the IMO sulphur cap on marine fuels.

Thyssenkrupp wins major Brunei fertiliser plant EPC order

New fertiliser complex – to be completed in 2021 – will use Brunei's large natural gas reserves as feedstock to produce high-quality fertiliser.

Video: Cristian Hedesiu of Orpic on his company's polymer business and innovations

Cristian Hedesiu, marketing manager, Orpic, explains his company's polymer business, various applications of plastics and recent innovations.

Iran fetches $3.5bn from petrochemical exports in four months

Iranian companies exported nearly seven million metric tonnes of petrochemical products during the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on 21 March 2017.

HFI to help North Sea energy firms gain leverage from Saudi Arabia's IKTVA programme

Companies with origins in the North Sea have an unprecedented opportunity to form local alliances following the unveiling of the In-Kingdom Total Value-Add programme as a key aspect of the Saudi 2030 Economic Vision and National Transformation Plan.

Iran's Mahabad Petrochemical plant exports 90kt petrochemicals in four months

Mahabad Petrochemical plant will soon start exporting polyethylene products to Belgium before the end of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on 21 March 2017.

Dow to acquire 15% more stake in Sadara from Saudi Aramco

While Dow will potentially increase equity ownership in Sadara to 50%, Sadara will add new value chains to Saudi Arabia's vast petroleum reserves, resulting in the diversification of the economy and region.

Iranian parliament confirms Bijan Zangeneh as petroleum minister

The lawmakers cast 230 votes for Rouhani's appointment of Bijan Zangeneh as petroleum minister and 35 parliamentarians voted against the decision.

ENOC, Overseas-AST sign final contract for Jebel Ali refinery expansion

The engineering, procurement and construction contract includes the construction of various interconnecting pipelines between the refinery's processing units, the storage tanks and the berth facilities within Jebel Ali Free Zone.

ENOC, Dubai Cares collaborate to support 'Volunteer Emirates' initiative

With the start of the new school year, Dubai Cares' 6th edition of 'Volunteer Emirates' initiative will enable 10,850 boys and girls to take a progressive step towards their future by positively influencing their learning, development and achievement.

Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit to focus on digitalisation

The Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit will be focussing on that digital future, where big data analysis will provide the clues to incremental process improvements, using data from hundreds of sensors embedded within plant assets.

Aramco's Khogeer becomes first Arab fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Ahmed S Khogeer is the first fellow of the AIChE from the Arab region. In addition, Khogeer is the first person from outside the United States to receive the Distinguished Services Award from the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division of the institute.

BASF, bse Engineering ink landmark deal to transform CO2 and excess current into methanol

The new process developed by bse Engineering enables the sustainable use of current and CO2 with small-scale, delocalised production units built where the two components are generated.

GETI 2018 survey opens today to unearth new insights into the changing energy workplace

Run by Airswift and Energy Jobline, the results of this year's Global Energy Talent Index survey will uncover new insights into the changing nature of the energy workforce in the petrochemical sector.

ERTC to promote development of a strong European downstream industry

ERTC gathers over 560 industry professionals from refinery operators, petrochemical plants, technology providers, regulators and government officials to discuss critical topics, share market insights, and project updates, best practices and case studies.

WACKER expands Dubai technical centre, adds two new labs for polymers and silicones

WACKER is increasing its local expertise in applications technology, know-how transfer and service, thereby meeting its local customers' needs for high-quality silicone and polymer products in the strongly growing markets of the MEA region.

ADNOC rewards employees for upholding HSE standards during an incident

The swift, calm and effective actions of five ADNOC Distribution employees during an incident at an Abu Dhabi city service station ensured that customers, surrounding community and station facilities were protected.

Iran's NPC obtains methane-to-propane process licence from Air Liquide

The deal also involves basic engineering of a 500,000 tons methane-to-propane plant.

Emerson joins Pink Petro, champions women professionals in energy industry

The partnership with Pink Petro is one example of Emerson's commitment to support the professional development of women working across the energy sector.

ACHEMA 2018 heading for more exhibitors and visitors than 2015 event

More than 2,700 exhibitors from all around the globe have already booked a stand at ACHEMA 2018 for the process industries in Frankfurt am Main, slated for 11-15 June 2018.

Duqm Refinery, Amec Foster Wheeler ink PMC deal for EPC phase

The award of the PMC contract to Amec Foster Wheeler is a follow up to the recent announcements of the issuance of conditional intention to award notifications to and in respect of the EPC 1, 2 and 3 contracts for the Duqm Refinery project.

MAN Diesel & Turbo expands UAE presence, inaugurates Dubai Maritime City office

The UAE houses all three core business units of MAN Diesel & Turbo - turbomachinery, marine engines and systems, and power plant solutions.

KOC awards Saipem $850mn onshore E&C contract in Kuwait

Activities involve engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for the 'feed pipelines for new refinery project (NRP)' in relation to the development of the new Al Zour refinery located in the south of Kuwait.

Overwhelming number of foreign exhibitors expected at IranPlast 2017

IranPlast is one of the largest and most important exhibitions in Iran, covering raw materials, machinery, moulds and services for plastic and rubber industries, as well as one of the most magnificent plastics events in the Middle East and Asia.

Phoenix contact launches new firewall according to IEC 62443

With the new firmware 8.5, custom firewall rules can now also be stored inside and outside of the VPN tunnel for routers belonging to device class 2000.

Shell completes $820mn SADAF sale to SABIC in Saudi Arabia

Completion of this deal shows the clear momentum behind Shell's global, value-driven US$30 billion divestment programme.

Panalpina wins five-year logistics contract from oil and gas major in Iraq

Work has already begun, and besides transport, Panalpina will also provide customs clearance, light warehousing, full order management and in-house staffing for the customer.

Tecnicas Reunidas awards CB&I storage project in Saudi Arabia

CB&I's scope includes the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of nine flat bottom tanks, as well as modifications to numerous existing tanks, all of which were previously supplied by CB&I.

AkzoNobel, Elliott reach agreement, will suspend litigation for three months

The agreement includes alignment on the AkzoNobel strategy to fully separate specialty chemicals. AkzoNobel and Elliott have also agreed, subject to the terms of a standstill agreement, to seek to suspend all ongoing litigation for at least three months.

Sadara makes milestone, commissions last of its 26 plants

The world's largest integrated chemicals complex ever built in a single phase, and established by the largest foreign direct investment in the Saudi petrochemicals industry, Sadara has been bringing its plants on-stream in a carefully planned sequence.

Unprotected devices, ransomware are top threats to ICS: SANS survey

Despite the high-profile news coverage of recent attacks against unpatched systems, SANS survey found that only 46 percent of respondents regularly apply vendor-validated patches.

BV grants Wison approval for FLNG storage, regasification terminal design

The Wison full-size floating LNG terminal solution offers an economical alternative to the conventional LNG regasification vessels, especially for markets with long-term demand.

Three Turkish refineries select Jacobs' EUROCLAUS technology for sulphur recovery

Jacobs' EUROCLAUS sulphur recovery technology will expand Tupras' crude slate by processing more sour crudes, while reducing its environmental footprint, delivering industry leading SO2 emissions abatement.

Ma'aden's $8bn phosphate project in Saudi Arabia commences production

Fluor is providing overall programme management services for this US$8 billion Umm Wu'al phosphate project of Ma'aden, in addition to engineering, procurement and operations and readiness services for various scopes.

Borealis reports lower Q2 net profit, records strong first half

The net profit in the second quarter was supported by the increased profit contribution from Borouge.

GPIC receives port operations licence to manage export terminal

GPIC exports urea from its own terminal, which is managed and operated by highly trained and qualified Bahraini staff in compliance with all maritime and industrial safety requirements.

Clough Amec enters Australian petrochemicals market with ammonia facilities contract

Clough AMEC joint venture achieves major breakthrough into Australian petrochemicals sector with Yara Pilbara contract win.

DNO receives $39.59mn from Kurdistan for May 2017 crude oil deliveries

The funds, to be shared pro-rata by DNO and partner Genel Energy, include US$33.21 million towards monthly deliveries and US$6.39 million towards recovery of outstanding receivables.

CB&I to sell technology business focussed on petrochemical, refining industries

With 3,000 patents and patent application trademarks and more than 100 licensed technologies, CB&I is one of the largest providers of licensed process technologies in the world.

Hexagon Ragasco wins $15mn composite LPG cylinders order from Iraq

Iraq is expanding its already large fleet of composite LPG cylinders for the domestic market.

Orpic bags five honours at 8th Asia's Best Employer Brand Awards

Eighth Asia's Best Employer Brand Awards attracted more than 200 companies from Asia-Pacific region and over 400 senior HR leaders from the industry, in addition to top global brands across the industry.

IOC approves $2.36bn Gujarat refinery capacity expansion by 4.3MMTPA

The new refinery configuration proposed will take into account the likely disruptions in the fuel supply/demand scenario in the future and will have built-in flexibility in its operations for strong integration with downstream petrochemical units.

Total awards FEED contract for Donges refinery to Amec Foster Wheeler

The project, comprising a new vacuum gas oil hydrotreater unit & sour water stripping unit, and modification of existing units and new interconnections, is part of the investment planned by Total to upgrade its Donges refinery, improving its performance.

Industry leaders to discuss changing market dynamics at 8th GPCA fertiliser convention

The 8th GPCA Fertiliser Convention has established itself as the Middle East's leading platform to network, share best practices and exchange ideas for the future in a highly dynamic business landscape.

Tecnicas Reunidas, Daewoo Engineering JV wins Duqm refinery's $2.75bn EPC package

The scope of the contract, awarded on an LSTK basis, includes the engineering, supply, construction and commissioning of all the process units.

Fluor Corporation posts $24mn quarterly loss

Fluor's energy, chemicals and mining segment reported segment profit of US$127 million, compared to US$126 million in the second quarter of 2016.

DuPont, Dow set 31 August 2017 as closing date for merger

Shares of DowDuPont will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock ticker symbol 'DWDP' on 1 September 2017.

Petrofac, Samsung Engineering JV wins Duqm refinery project contract

Duqm has been designated as Oman's next industrial centre - to be known as the Duqm Special Economic Zone - with investments of up to $15bn earmarked for petrochemicals and infrastructure development over the next 15 years.

Saudi Aramco, KBR sign MoU to boost in-Kingdom procurement of services

By signing the MoU, KBR has committed itself to a five-year action plan to expand and develop KBR's physical and human capital within the Kingdom to promote Saudi Aramco's interests in creating and maintaining a reliable local supply.

Nuberg wins $17.76mn hydrogen peroxide project in Egypt

Nuberg's scope for the project include technology, process know-how, basic and detailed engineering, and supply, including complete supervision of erection, construction, commissioning, project management and starting-up of the plant.

ENOC secures $500mn credit facility from seven banks

The revolving credit facility will be funded by Emirates NBD, ABN AMRO Bank, DBS Bank Ltd, Gulf International Bank, Citi, Standard Chartered Bank and BBK B.S.C.

Jacobs to acquire CH2M creating $15bn global engineering major

Jacobs expects to finance the transaction through a combination of cash on hand, borrowings under the company's existing revolving credit facility and US$1.2 billion of new committed 3-year term debt arranged by BNP Paribas and The Bank of Nova Scotia.

Borouge's 'Polymers on the Move' promotes science among school children

The 'Polymers on the Move' programme was launched by Borouge in 2016 as part of the Borouge 2030 Strategy and the company's corporate social responsibility to further enhance involvement with the community.

SNC-Lavalin transitions into EPC phase of Salalah Methanol ammonia plant contract

The EPC work has been authorised by Salalah Methanol Company, while it concludes the final stages of the project's financial arrangements.

Saudi Aramco's fuel technology programme scientists win Harry L Horning Memorial Award

Named after SAE past president Harry L Horning, and established in 1938, the Horning Memorial Award recognises accomplishments and acknowledges contributions through R&D to the better mutual adaptation of fuels and internal combustion engines.

Huntsman, Clariant merger preparations make strong progress

Amidst activist investors teaming up to derail the merger, and reports that Clariant has hired Goldman Sachs to help fight the activist investor campaign, Clariant and Huntsman presented an update on the merger, with a closing target of Dec 2017-Jan 2018.

Gulf Petrochem raises $150mn finance deal

Gulf Petrochem Group plans to tap the Islamic finance and Sukuk markets in Asia, with focus on Indonesia and Malaysia, for future potential funding.

SABIC announces 14% increase in profits for 2017 first half

SABIC reported a profit of US$0.98 billion in Q2-2017. This figure is 25.2 percent lower than the profit of US$1.32 billion reported in the second quarter of 2016 and 29.2 percent lower than the US$1.39 billion reported in the first quarter of 2017.

Only hours left for nominations for Oil & Gas and RPME 2017 Awards

We are waiting for your nominations to come through; so, hurry up and send in your entries soon before the deadline ends tomorrow.

Orpic's LPIC project achieves 10 million man hours without lost time injury

Orpic's Liwa Plastics Industries Complex project has completed 10 million man hours without lost time injury.

Sadara starts production at Saudi Arabia's first polyols plant

The polyols plant is one of the last of Sadara's 26 chemical facilities to start up. It is also one of Sadara's 14 facilities that will produce specialty chemicals never before produced in Saudi Arabia.

BASF pursues business opportunities in 3D printing, forms new company

The customers of BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH will mainly be firms that want to use 3D printing for industrial production.

SNC-Lavalin wins FEED conversion to EPC contract from Brahms Oil Refineries

SNC-Lavalin's scope for this phase of the work includes project management, coordination and management of the process licensor, management of the geotechnical and topographic survey contractors, preliminary engineering and procurement.

ADNOC recognises oil and gas HSE champions

HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE minister of state, and group CEO, ADNOC, stresses commitment to the safety of people, communities and the environment at ADNOC Health, Safety and Environment Excellence Awards.

Bahrain's PM patronises 4th Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition

Keeping in line with global challenges, 'Sustainable Growth through Process Innovation & Downstream Integration' is the theme of the 4th Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition.

Orpic wins Project Finance Deal of the Year Award for LPIC deal

The Project Finance Deal of the Year Award reaffirms Orpic's strong presence as one of the fastest growing downstream companies in the region.

Baron Point Petroleum, PetroVietnam Oil Corporation create JV to build Bonded Terminal System

The JV between Abu Dhabi-based Baron Point Petroleum and PetroVietnam Oil Corporation plans to finance, build and operate petroleum product pipelines and storage space in Vietnam, and to source and trade petroleum products in the international markets.

LyondellBasell to build the world's largest propylene oxide / tertiary butyl alcohol plant

The plant upon completion will produce an anticipated one billion pounds (470,000 metric tons) of propylene oxide and 2.2 billion pounds (one million metric tons) of tertiary butyl alcohol annually.

Bank of England unveils new polymer note

As it is made of polymer, the new £10 note is cleaner, safer and stronger. It joins the Churchill £5 in the first family of polymer Bank of England banknotes and a new £20 note featuring J.M.W Turner will follow in 2020.

MOL Group inks licence agreements with Evonik, Thyssenkrupp for polyol project

The licence agreements signed with Evonik and thyssenkrupp, will enable MOL Group to produce propylene oxide, a key component for the production of polyether polyols.

Borouge to showcase product innovations at Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit

Dr Thorsten Loehl, vice president - innovation, Borouge, will be speaking at this year's Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit about how Borouge, using this business model, delivers new solutions to meet the evolving market demands.

GPIC completes external audit of integrated management systems

The audit certified that GPIC complies with the requirements of the PAS 99 systems, the Business Continuity Management System (ISO 22301 and ISO 27001) and the Responsible Care Management System (RC 14001).

AkzoNobel CEO steps down citing health reasons

Ton Büchner recently guided AkzoNobel to success in a prolonged takeover bid with US competitor PPG Industries. The company did not specify the health issues of Büchner, but confirmed the decision is with immediate effect.

Sipchem, SASREF in CO2 supply agreement

Sipchem is expecting positive financial impact from the CO2 supply agreement from the first quarter of 2019.

Sadara commissions amines plant in Jubail Industrial City

The amines plant is one of the 26 manufacturing facilities located within the company's 6-square kilometre chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II, of which 14 will produce specialty products never before produced in Saudi Arabia.

EQUATE restarts operations of Kuwait ethylene plant

The restarted Ethylene Unit 2 has a production capacity of 850,000 metric tons annually and is owned by The Kuwait Olefins Company, part of EQUATE Group.

Farabi selects Honeywell UOP technologies for new biodegradable detergent unit in Yanbu

When completed, the Yanbu complex will produce more than 120,000 metric tons per year of LAB and 246,000 metric tons per year of normal paraffins, in addition to de-aromatised specialty oils, asphalt, sulfonates, mining chemicals, process oils and lubes.

ADNOC, Borealis sign pact to expand joint activities in petrochemicals

The agreement between ADNOC and Borealis is part of ADNOC's aim to expand petrochemical production from the current 4.5 tonnes per annum to 11.4 million tonnes per year by 2025.

Global chemical industry leaders to participate in 12th Annual GPCA Forum

Under the theme, 'The chemical industry in transformation: A new journey begins', 11th Annual GPCA Forum is set to take place during 27-29 November 2017, at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.

Saudi oil firm extends Coreworx Interface Management contract for five years

Used on more than US$60 billion worth of projects since its implementation in 2011, the contract extends the oil company's use of the Coreworx solution as the corporate interface management standard on their major capital projects.

IndianOil, LanzaTech to construct world's first refinery off gas-to-bioethanol unit

LanzaTech's technology allows refineries to divert waste gases from the grid, supporting the transition to fully renewable power, while recycling the carbon into liquid fuels and petrochemicals.

Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corp selects Honeywell technology for propylene complex

Honeywell UOP's Oleflex technology has been selected for 41 out of 51 propane and isobutane dehydrogenation projects globally since 2011.

Aramco Asia launches CSR programme in China to promote energy innovation

The partnership between Aramco Asia, China Daily and Xiamen University came under the context of the Aramco Asia's continuous endeavour to enhance energy innovation, sustainability and community engagement.

World Plastics Council supports G20 efforts to reduce marine litter

"This urgent issue requires all of us working together, and we look forward to further collaboration with G20 member states to solve this global challenge", said World Plastics Council chairman, Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh of SABIC.

Petro Rabigh starts commercial production of thermo plastic olefin

Petro Rabigh Phase II products are expected to have a major impact on local content by generating opportunity and growth throughout the value chain.

Sadara commences production at propylene glycol plant

The propylene glycol plant represents the 22nd of Sadara's 26 plants located in the company's chemical complex in Jubail Industrial City II to start up.

EQUATE Group's Kuwait-based ethylene unit makes unplanned shutdown

EQUATE Group has announced an unplanned shutdown of its Ethylene Unit 2 in Kuwait due to a technical issue.

Orpic's polypropylene plant completes 10 years without lost time injury

Orpic gives the safety of its people, plants, and local communities the highest priority, over and above its production objectives.

SABIC appoints RVA Group to decommission, dismantle 10 UK petrochemical plants

Work is underway to clear a suite of redundant assets in the North East of England, in one of the UK's largest projects of its kind.

Saudi Aramco expanded its downstream portfolio: 2016 Annual Review

In 2016, Saudi Aramco strengthened its downstream strategy, taking further steps to expand and integrate its domestic and global portfolio.

Video: John Lorie of Atradius on influence of oil & gas prices on global economy

John Lorie, chief economist, Atradius, speaks on the influence of oil and gas prices on global economy.

Trucks play key role in global oil-demand growth: IEA study

Today, trucks account for almost a fifth of global oil demand, or around 17 million barrels per day, equivalent to the combined oil production of the United States and Canada.

Emerson announces users exchange conferences to drive digital transformation

The Europe, Middle East and Africa biennial conference will be at The Hague, The Netherlands, during 7-9 March 2018.

Saudi Aramco, Dussur, HHI collaborate to form engine and pump joint venture

The MoU lays out a comprehensive engine and pump business cooperation framework, through the formation of a joint venture to manufacture two-stroke engines, four-stroke engines and marine pumps, including sales and aftersales services in the MENA region.

Iran's petrochemical output in two months hits nine million tons

Iranian petrochemical plants can supply 72 million tons of products annually. However, due to lack of feedstock, an output of 58.9 million tons has been predicted for the sector this year.

Sipchem resumes operations in units after turnaround activities

The operations at the plants of Sipchem affiliates - carbon monoxide plant of International Gases Company and the acetic acid plant of International Acetate Company - resumed on 29 June 2017 and 1 July 2017, respectively

Video: Ishaq Mohamed Al-Sarhni on Duqm Refinery project

Ishaq Mohamed Al-Sarhni, General Manager - Engineering, Duqm Refinery, Oman, speaks about the project development phases till now.

BASF promotes digitalisation in R&D worldwide

With chemical industry's largest supercomputer creating new opportunities for researchers to carry out complex modelling, BASF presents wide-ranging uses of digital tools to develop innovative products.

Kuwait Oil Tanker Company awards husbandry service contract to GAC Fujairah

Under the contract, the GAC team is set to handle approximately 450 jobs a year, a figure which is likely to grow as the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company fleet expands.

IoT is the top priority in driving digital transformation: Report

The key findings of the Inmarsat Research Programme report reveal that almost all (97 percent) respondents are experiencing, or expect to experience, significant benefits from the deployment of IoT technologies.

Kavian Petrochemical to reach two million tons of ethylene output in 2018

Kavian Petrochemical plant is currently operating at 60 percent of its nameplate capacity, which is rising and will hit full volume next year.

Dow, DuPont reaffirms close of merger in August 2017; three spin-offs within 18 months

The boards of directors of Dow and DuPont support a comprehensive portfolio review for DowDuPont, have jointly commenced the review, and have engaged McKinsey & Co. to assist the companies in this assessment.

Savage to provide industrial rail services for Saudi Aramco's natural gas plants

Savage Saudi Arabia will perform rail switching services at Saudi Aramco's Wasit and Berri natural gas plants using rail car movers and three Tier 3-compliant, low-emissions locomotives.

Amec Foster Wheeler completes $170m sale of CFB boiler business to Sumitomo

The transaction took place as part of the company-wide transformation programme, which includes the sale of non-core assets.

Saudi Aramco takes stake in Irish wastewater treatment firm, OxyMem

OxyMem's ground-breaking Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) technology has the potential to bring wastewater treatment closer to energy neutrality by reducing energy consumption for aeration by up to 75 percent.

Dow's Andrew Liveris honoured with 2017 USIBC Global Leadership Award

The award recognises honourees for creating inclusive business environments, integrating India in the global supply chain, and advancing core values such as manufacturing, innovation, and scale in tough market conditions.

Fire at lubricants plant in Sharjah brought under control

Firefighters bring blaze at a lubricants plant in Sharjah Industrial Area under control.

Oil & Gas and RPME Awards to recognise water management solution providers

Where treating the discharges generated by the refining and petrochemicals sector is concerned, the wastewater can be re-used once it has been treated, which therefore enables water resources to be preserved.

OpenTAS helps refinery to replace equipment without interrupting operations

Thanks to the flexibility of the OpenTAS terminal management system, one loading bay after another was successfully upgraded at the Gunvor refinery in Ingolstadt, Germany, without impacting other loading operations.

Total unveils 2nd edition of Plant 4.0 start-up incubator with five partners

Buoyed by the success of the Plant 4.0 start-up incubator launched in 2016, Total decided to repeat the experience, this time opening up the project to include other industry partners, on the narrower theme of innovative solutions offered by IIoT.

Karbonsan achieves salient export sales growth in pressure vessels

Karbonsan manufactures stationary and transportable tanks, semi-trailers, truck-mounted tanks, and evaporators for storage and distribution of liquefied gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide, LNG and LPG.

Topsoe to help Indian refinery meet Euro VI equivalent fuel specifications

The HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd refinery will be revamped to deliver Euro VI equivalent fuel specifications.

DP World, Masdar sign MoU to explore clean energy solutions

Masdar will provide technical advisory services, and explore renewable energy solutions for DP World's ports and free zones in the Middle East and Africa.

Dow honoured as 2017 Manufacturer of the Year

Dow receives the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council.

Transparent plastics rebound in global growth

Corporations, including PPG Industries, Covestro, BASF, Eastman Chemical and Mitsubishi Chemicals compete on products, ranging from injection-moulded, blow-moulded, extruded or thermoformed items.

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics announce breakthrough in biofuel research

Using advanced cell engineering technologies at Synthetic Genomics, the ExxonMobil-Synthetic Genomics research team modified an algae strain to enhance the algae's oil content from 20 percent to more than 40 percent.

EQUATE plants 300 trees in China to preserve environment

In 2014, EQUATE commenced its international sustainability efforts in China by planting a total of 200 pine trees at the same location in Beijing's Huairou District.

SABIC bestowed with AICM Responsible Care Chairman Award

The AICM Responsible Care Chairman Award is the highest accolade for member organisations, which demonstrate leadership in all aspects of Responsible Care: environmental sustainability, health, safety and security.

DME auctions four million barrels of Iraqi crude for Somo

A 2-million barrel cargo of Basrah Heavy was awarded at a premium of US$1.18 over the August Basrah Heavy Official Selling Price.

ADNOC opens new aviation fuel facility at Abu Dhabi airport

Over US$200 million was invested in the fuel depot at the new Midfield terminal to meet an anticipated significant increase in demand for aviation fuel from Etihad Airways and its associated airlines.

GE Oil & Gas, Yanbu Technical Institute collaborate to offer digital training

As part of the agreement, GE Oil & Gas will work hand in hand with Yanbu Technical Institute to develop a state-of-the-art curriculum of technical courses and instructor capabilities in the field of non-destructive testing.

Dubai-based Dodsal Group wins $1.1bn gas-oil separation contract in Algeria

Algeria is Africa's biggest natural gas producer and a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

New whitepaper: Gulf countries should reform domestic gas prices

The Gulf holds more than 40 percent of global gas reserves, much of it untapped, yet the volume of LNG imports required by the region is quickly rising as domestic demand outpaces local pipeline supply.

ADNOC Distribution unveils mobile app with enhanced customer focus

Comprehensive and friendly to use, the free mobile app enables customers to engage, interact, explore and stay up-to-date with ADNOC Distribution's latest facilities and information.

Emerson's asset management platform bestowed with IIoT, reliability awards

Emerson's AMS ARES receives IoT Innovations award and industry recognition for new technologies that improve access to asset data and overall plant reliability.

India to build 60MMTPA refinery complex, Saudi Aramco shows interest

The 60 million metric tonnes per annum west coast refinery-cum-petrochemicals complex will be a state-of-the-art unit built at an estimated cost of US$40 billion, and is expected to be commissioned by the year 2022.

Ibn Sina Jubail polyacetal unit to start commercial production in Q3 2017

Celanese has confirmed that the Ibn Sina Jubail polyacetal facility is in the testing phase in preparation for commercial production expected in the third quarter of 2017.

Winners of international IQ-CHem petrochemicals start-up contest declared

The international IQ-CHem platform for petrochemical start-ups, created in 2017, will contribute to the development of co-operation between start-ups and existing corporations, with the aim of improving technological processes in the industry.

Saudi Aramco pursues stake in Indian oil refinery

With the planned 1.2 million bpd refinery, the world's largest, India wants to have a greater say in the global fuel trade.

ENOC, Winspec Marine ink lubricant distribution agreement

The agreement enables Winspec Singapore to become a key distributor of ENOC Group's marine lubricants in Singapore, enabling the expansion of the Group's lubricants portfolio in one of its key markets.

Honeywell signs definitive agreement to acquire Nextnine

The addition of Nextnine's security solutions and secure remote service capabilities will enhance Honeywell's existing range of innovative cyber security technologies and significantly increase the company's Connected Plant cyber security customer base.

Emerson, Saudi Aramco sign collaboration deal on digitisation

The agreement signed between Emerson and Saudi Aramco will help bring advanced digitisation and automation technologies to Saudi Aramco.

Arcadis wins environmental study contract from Al Hosn Gas

Arcadis will deliver oversight and project management of all the environmental baseline surveys being carried out, all the reporting and coordination between ADNOC and the Environmental Agency in Abu Dhabi (EAD), and submit the final HSEIA report.

SABIC receives Best Polymer Producer Award for polypropylene

The award is an affirmation of SABIC's on-going efforts in plastics value chain through its customer engagement, commitment and investments in innovation and technology to provide solutions for the industry.

ADNOC bestowed with CEM Award of Excellence in Energy Management

The Energy Management Leadership Awards honour companies, which have certified their energy management systems to the global ISO 50001 standard. ADNOC is the first major oil & gas firm to be awarded ISO 50001 at a corporate level and for its group firms.

Sadara starts commercial production of butyl glycol ether

The Sadara butyl glycol ether plant produces multiple grades of liquid derivatives, including butoxy glycol ether, butoxy diglycol ether, butoxy tri glycol ether and butoxy poly glycol ether.

P&O Maritime acquires Spanish marine services operator Reyser

Reyser has long-term agreements in 10 ports in Spain and contracts with two international liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals at Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada), and Point Fortin (Trinidad and Tobago).

A.T. Kearney unveils Energy Transition Institute

A.T. Kearney has launched A.T. Kearney Energy Transition Institute to provide decision-makers with strategic recommendations, based on objective research combining deep technology expertise with business acumen and foresight.

Siemens, TCS collaborate on IIoT innovations

Focused on customers in the manufacturing, energy, building technology, healthcare and railway industries, the partnership will enable customers to benefit from new data insights and services based on MindSphere.

Magnetrol launches new non-contact radar level transmitter

Non-contact radar transmitters are used in many industries, from oil and gas to water and wastewater to chemical manufacturing. The reliability, safety and ease of use of the transmitter makes it a natural choice for many difficult process conditions.

Emirates Gas, Dubai Properties join hands to distribute LPG composite cylinders

The new lightweight composite cylinders are considerably safer than the traditional metal cylinders and comprise helically-woven fibres, combined with resin, making them uniquely secure.

Petrochemical plant blast in China kills eight, injures nine

The blast took place about an hour after midnight, leading to fires at the loading area of Linyi Jinyu Petrochemical Co Ltd in the Linyi Lingang economic development zone.

AkzoNobel, Ocean Cleanup join hands for the largest clean-up in history

The partnership involves AkzoNobel providing advanced, biocide-free coatings technology for all the devices and equipment used by The Ocean Cleanup for the next five years.

Dubai-based ATS starts storage tank terminal operations in India

The new storage tank terminal, named Raftaar Terminals, has state-of-the-art specifications and has adopted green policy by providing 33 percent of total land for developing green belt around the facility.

Alizz Islamic Bank funds construction of Orpic's petcoke storage facility

The step is a part of Alizz Islamic Bank's commitment in providing the diversified banking solutions that supports Oman's economic strategy.

Nuberg wins caustic soda project contract in Egypt

The scope of services under the contract includes basic and detailed engineering, supply, civil and equipment installation, and commissioning of plant on lump-sum-turnkey basis.

ENOC's lubricants receive Emirates Quality Mark from ESMA

ENOC's lubricant products have undergone a series of rigorous inspections at ENOC Lubricants and Grease Manufacturing Plant by ESMA, through a team of certified experts from the Societe Generale de Surveillance.

Global, Middle East chemicals production rises in April

During April 2017, chemical production increased in North America, Western Europe, Africa, and the Middle East but decreased in Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe.

Sadara starts commercial production at region's first PMDI unit

Polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (PMDI), which is used in the production of polyurethane, is one of the several specialised chemical and plastics products that Sadara is producing in Saudi Arabia for the first time.

Aramco, Amec Foster Wheeler sign pact for integrated oil & gas expansion

Under the five-year contract, Amec Foster Wheeler will deliver the pre-FEED, FEED, overall programme management, and other support services for a world-scale greenfield gas processing plant, and a cogeneration facility.

Comment: Trump, change your decision, save our future generations and the planet

The global community hoping for a greener Earth for our future generations must unite and make Trump change his decision, asserts Saravjit Singh Kahlon, general manager - international marketing, Tata Consulting Engineers, Mumbai, India.

Dubai Mercantile Exchange holds second Basrah Light crude oil auction

The highest bid of +37 cents was six cents higher than the June Basrah Auction, which was awarded at OSP +31 cents.

Rockwell Automation develops 3-step industrial security approach

Rockwell Automation has developed a three-step approach for building an industrial security programme that extends from the enterprise to the plant level, and helps mitigate risk across people, processes and technology.

Qatar Petroleum, Chiyoda to evaluate debottlenecking capacity of LNG trains

The study is expected to be completed before the end of this year, which will allow Qatar Petroleum to kick off the FEED work early next year, if it concludes that this option will achieve the optimum value for the State of Qatar.

Ingersoll Rand unveils next-generation rotary screw air compressors in Dubai

The new Ingersoll Rand RS200 to RS250kW oil-flooded rotary screw air compressor models are available with most efficient air-end available today and decrease energy costs by up to US$44,752 for large manufacturing facilities.

Rotork wins multiple orders for actuators from Middle East refinery

One significant order involves the supply of 70 LP range linear pneumatic actuators for the operation of large gate valves.

Yokogawa wins analyser package order for Orpic's Liwa plastics complex

Yokogawa Electric Korea will have overall responsibility for analyser house fabrication, system integration and site commissioning services.

Oil & Gas and RPME Awards to honour the best logistics service provider

With 12 prestigious awards to be bestowed on the best in the industry, the eighth edition of the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards ceremony is slated for 12 September 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Lukoil launches premium automotive lubricants in the Middle East

The new product range meets and exceeds the stringent quality and high performance standards set by the global industry organisations - API and ACEA

Qatargas receives Qatarisation Crystal Award for the energy & industry sector

This is the fifth Qatarisation Crystal award of Qatargas since the award was instituted nine years ago.

ADNOC, OMV sign MoU for downstream businesses opportunities

The agreement supports the evaluation of opportunities in downstream projects, the exchange of knowledge and experience in refining operations and refinery-petrochemical integration and optimisation, and downstream technical and maintenance support.

Honeywell UOP, Wison Engineering to join hands on global methanol-to-olefins projects

Honeywell UOP's advanced MTO technology converts methanol from coal or natural gas into the olefins that form the basis for many types of plastic resins, films and fibres.

King Salman, President Trump mark SABIC-ExxonMobil deal on US petchem project study

Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC vice chairman and CEO, and Philippe Ducom, ExxonMobil Saudi Arabia chairman, CEO, and president, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective affiliates.

PDO, Omani firms sign compressor deals worth $35mn

The deals are a further example of PDO's commitment to in-country value to retain more of the oil and gas industry's wealth in the Sultanate and develop local supply chains.

ENOC Group adds E&P arm to boost upstream business

Dragon Oil was fully acquired by ENOC Group in September 2015, transforming the group into a vertically integrated oil and gas business.

Nakilat transitions LNG carrier 'Al Ghashamiya' to in-house management

With a cargo carrying capacity of 217,591 cubic metres, Al Ghashamiya is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by Qatargas.

Clariant, Huntsman to combine to create $20bn company

On a pro forma 2016 basis, the combination of Clariant and Huntsman will create a leading global specialty chemical company with sales of approximately US$13.2 billion and a combined enterprise value of approximately US$20 billion at announcement.

IRENA's 13th council meeting opens in Abu Dhabi

At the outset of the meeting, the Council elected HE Li Fanrong, deputy administrator of the National Energy Administration of China as chair of the meeting and Colombia as vice-Chair.

Nakilat transitions LNG carrier Onaiza to in-house management

With a cargo carrying capacity of 210,150 cubic metres, Onaiza is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by Qatargas.

Honeywell, Saudi Aramco enhance oil & gas sector digitisation with new pact

Saudi Aramco and Honeywell will work together to increase throughput, raise yield and improve reliability of Saudi Aramco's operations by leveraging Honeywell's cloud-based services and predictive analytics solutions.

ExxonMobil, SABIC sign pact for proposed US Gulf Coast petrochemical project

The agreement follows recent selection of San Patricio County, Texas, as proposed project site and enables planning for FEED work. The proposed project is part of ExxonMobil's US$20-billion 'Growing the Gulf' investment programme.

Women leading the way in asset integrity engineering services

According to UNESCO and based on a study conducted in 2015, 60% of the engineering students in some universities in the GCC are women, compared to 30% in the United States and Europe.

Aramco, US companies sign agreements worth $50bn during Trump's visit

The agreements, which are estimated to be around US$50 billion, highlight the magnitude of strategic growth and diversification underway at Saudi Aramco, including strengthening the company's standing as the world's leading energy and chemicals company.

Dow, DuPont merger gets conditional Brazilian regulatory consent

The receipt of conditional approval in Brazil represents a very positive outcome for the merger transaction, which will position Dow and DuPont to unlock significant value for all stakeholders.

Dow recognised for contributions to KSA's economic growth, Saudisation

A plaque in recognition of Dow's contributions was presented by HRH Prince Saud bin Nayef Al Saud to Johanna Söderström, corporate vice president, human resources, Dow, and Jim McIlvenny, president, India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey.

Oil & Gas and RPME Awards to recognise sour gas and sulphur management projects

The main driver for the development of sour gas projects in the Middle East is a desire for national energy security to meet growing energy demands, coupled with a trend toward switching from heavy fuels to cleaner natural gas for power generation.

Qatargas recognises employees for long service and outstanding performance

The Long Service Award recognises employees for their dedicated long-term service to the company, and the Shukran Award recognises outstanding achievements by Qatargas employees.

ADNOC, Penthol sign agreement for selling Group III base oil in the US

Tighter emissions regulations are driving the use of high-performance lubricants in transportation. This is in turn driving up the demand for Group III base oils, which deliver improved performance and increased fuel economy.

Second UAE-France Oil & Gas Symposium showcases digital innovations

With the UAE's Vision 2021 agenda, the symposium aimed at highlighting skills of French firms and enabling local companies finding innovative solutions through French technology within the new contemporary energy context.

Aramco, Norinco sign JV agreement for major downstream project in China

The idea for this project received a major boost during the visit by The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz to China in March 2017, when Saudi Aramco and NORINCO signed the project MoU.

Italy's Dafram to ink valve deal with Ilam Petrochemical Company

Dafram is finalising a deal with Ilam petrochemical plant for supplying big-size valves to the facility.

Industry leaders honoured at 17th annual Qatarisation review meeting

The 17th Annual Qatarisation Review Meeting featured presentations highlighting the sector's progress in implementing their Qatari human capital strategies in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy.

Spain to support firms seeking presence in Iran's petrochemical industry

Iran enjoys one of the world's most attractive energy industries and Spain regards cooperation with Iran in energy projects as important.

Oil & gas leaders to gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss innovations in automation

Organised by DMS Global in partnership with International Society of Automation, the 2nd ISA UAE Automation Conference and Exhibition 2017 will take place during 16-17 May at St Regis Nation Tower, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Iran plans 70 projects at Mahshahr Special Economic Petrochemical Zone

Feasibility and technical assessments of the projects are almost complete and several proposals for developing the projects have so far been submitted to the Mahshahr Special Economic Petrochemical Zone.

PGPIC, ITOCHU ink polyethylene sales deal

PGPIC will supply international markets with 11,000 tonnes of polyethylene on a monthly basis with a total value of US$150 million with the cooperation of ITOCHU.

ENOC, Energy Institute to host Middle East HSE forum

Bringing together research, academia, industry and regulators, the conference will discuss HSE challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector in the Middle East.

Dresser-Rand compressor trains to enhance pipeline capacity in Thailand

The compressor station will enhance the capacity of the Ratchaburi-Wang Noi pipeline in Thailand to meet the increasing natural gas demands of power plants next to the pipeline.

ExxonMobil acquires Jurong's aromatics plant in Singapore

ExxonMobil Chemical Company has signed an agreement with Jurong Aromatics Corporation for acquiring Jurong's aromatics plant in Singapore, which will enable cost-competitive growth of ExxonMobil's strategic aromatics business.

PDO, Tanfeedh supported scaffolding unit opens in Sohar

Triangle Engineering LLC will supply the Sultanate's oil and gas, and construction sectors, and act as a hub for training and developing Omanis in the scaffolding trade.

KBR, IBM collaborate for digital solutions for hydrocarbon sector

Chemical and petroleum organisations require new levels of innovation and digital solutions to improve and enhance exploration and production, promote project capital and execution efficiency, and optimise operations, maintenance and safety.

Topsoe technology selected for Uzbek gas-to-liquids project

Topsoe will deliver proprietary equipment for two synthesis gas trains, each including autothermal reformers, waste heat boilers, steam drums, CTS burners, refractory materials, and HTZR target tiles.

ENOC achieves firm downstream growth in 2016

ENOC's downstream businesses play a vital role in providing products of international standards and are essential for meeting Dubai's growing energy demands and aspirational growth plans.

Honeywell UOP to facilitate $1.6bn Jordanian refinery expansion

The expansion will increase the capacity of Zarqa refinery to 120,000 barrels per day, and will allow Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company to upgrade the quality of its products to meet Euro V emission specifications.

Gallery: Middle East Petroleum & Gas Week 2017

The 25th Middle East Petroleum & Gas Week (MPGC Week) 2017 organised by Conference Connection took place from 29 April to 4 May in Dubai with ENOC Group as hosts. The Middle East Bitumen / Asphalt conference 2017 was held concurrently with MPGC Week 2017.

Air Liquide Arabia opens region's first hydrogen pipeline network

Designed to transport large volumes of hydrogen to customers in Jubail I and Jubail II, the network contributes to the development of the downstream industry, the optimisation of natural resources and the increase of energy savings within the Kingdom.

SABIC, Airborne co-operate in automated composites production process

SABIC's composite thermoplastic solutions, coupled with Airborne's know-how, offer the unique opportunity to realise the mass production of lighter and stronger applications in a more cost effective way.

Global chemical production closes Q1 2017 on a soft note

During March, capacity utilisation in the global business of chemistry slipped 0.2 percentage points to 78.0 percent. This is off from 79.4 percent last March and is below the long-term (1987-2016) average of 88.7 percent.

Borouge, Borealis unveil new solar brand Quentys

The step-change innovations in the Quentys family improve the operational reliability of photovoltaic (PV) modules, reduce processing complexity, and extend the lifetime of PV panels.

Evonik showcases key solution at Iran exhibition

Evonik offers solutions which address different needs in the three energy markets of upstream, midstream and downstream, including corrosion inhibitors, and additives for drilling and gas processing chemistries.

SABIC to partner with DuPont to boost EHS status

In line with its 2025 strategy, SABIC is becoming more global, more distinctive in its product offering, and more integrated in its operations, while the company has long been committed to the robust implementation of a rigorous EHS performance.

Video: Toros Emre Esim of Orange on digitalisation

Toros Emre Esim of Orange Business Services envisions the digital status of refineries and petrochemical complexes worldwide in 2025.

AkzoNobel offers coating training for oil industry

With the launch of the Society for Protective Coatings 'TrainthePainter', AkzoNobel is the only coatings supplier offering the training globally, bringing its product and industry expertise to professionals around the world.

UAE energy minister to open EIC oil & gas event

EIC Connect Oil & Gas UAE is designed to increase foreign investment in the Middle East energy sector through a day of conference sessions, briefings on regional oil and gas projects, private meetings and an exhibition.

Saudi Aramco Products Trading launches website

Opening the door for future opportunities for the company through a platform that tells the Aramco Trading story, Saudi Aramco Products Trading Co launched its website.

DNO Q1 results out, expands drilling in Kurdistan

DNO reported quarterly net profit of US$15 million, reversing a net loss of US$31 million in the previous quarter.

PDO sponsored scholars graduate at 29th ceremony

In 2017, two qualified with PhDs and there were also 51 MSc degrees, and 20 BSc degrees, with 54 graduating from educational institutions overseas and 19 from universities and colleges in Oman, through the flagship scholarship scheme of PDO.

Siemens launches gas turbine for oil & gas sector

The SGT-A35 RB unit addresses the need for more cost-effective solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry by increasing the power density of the topside power generating equipment, thus reducing the required space claim.

Ali Al-Naimi to launch 1st Forum of Energy Elders

The goal of the Al-Attiyah Foundation in launching the forum is to create a platform for the energy elders to present their vision to the world on how to tackle some of the most pressing energy issues facing industry and society over the coming decades.

Qatargas sends commissioning cargo to new terminal

The LNG cargo, delivered on board the Qatargas-chartered Q-Flex LNG vessel Al Kharaitiyat, was used to safely commission China National Offshore Oil Corporation's latest LNG terminal in Yuedong.

SABIC's Q1 profits grow by 80% compared to Q1-2016

On 1 May 2017, SABIC announced outstanding results for the first quarter of 2017. Profits reached US$1.4 billion compared to US$0.78 billion in the same quarter last year.

New Emerson salinity system boosts oil & gas yield

With the Roxar Salinity Measurement System, operators can instantly identify changes in the flow stream, take remedial action and maximise oil and gas production.

Canadian refinery wins global water project award

The award recognises the Wastewater Improvement Project at the Co-op Refinery Complex, commissioned in 2016, that represents the most impressive technical or environmental achievement in the field of industrial water.

GPCA promotes sustainability among the industry

Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association expands industry-leading Responsible Care and Gulf SQAS offerings programme across the supply chain to the GCC's downstream logistics industry.

Questerre tests rock traits for Jordan oil shale

Questerre Energy Corporation's significant discovery on its oil shale acreage in Jordan was recently assessed by an independent qualified resource evaluator, Millcreek Mining Group.

Dow, DuPont union gets conditional Chinese consent

The approval continues the progress that DuPont and Dow have made to secure regulatory clearances around the world for their procompetitive merger, which will drive innovation and competition.

TechnipFMC, ZADCO ink pact for SRP in Abu Dhabi

The objective of the EPC3 project is the installation of a sulphate reduction plant module along with new installations and tie-in to existing facilities in West Island.

Hugh Fraser Int'l relaunches to lift energy sector

Hugh Fraser International will specialise in the planning and execution of international business expansion projects for companies with advanced technology and know-how in the energy industry and water sector.

Expro shows flow management advances at OTC 2017

A range of technical presentations focused on Expro's capabilities and new technology solutions are being held at OTC Houston during 1-4 May 2017.

Non-intrusive temperature instrument from Emerson

Rosemount X-well Technology measurement is now available in a conventional wired transmitter simplifying the design, installation and maintenance of temperature measurement points in wired applications.

QP provides extra ethane to four petchem units

The total additional ethane volumes that will be supplied to the four companies will be approximately one thousand metric tons per day.

Gallery: Oleo Sponge a key solution for oil spills

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory, US, have invented a new foam called Oleo Sponge, which addresses the problem of managing oil spills. The material easily absorbs oil from water, is reusable and can pull dispersed oil from the total water column.

Orpic marks ground breaking of LPIC unit in Fahud

Orpic made the foundation of LPIC US$688 million EPC 3, which is the NGL extraction plant post the foundation of LPIC US$2.8 billion EPC 1 steam cracker unit and US$888 million EPC 2 polypropylene and polyethylene units last year in Sohar.

SOMO sells Basra Light on DME Auctions platform

The auction attracted widespread interest from majors and refiners, with more than 20 traders participating in the auction.

Oil to play key role in future, says Aramco chief

With the anticipated growth of the world's population by an additional two billion people by 2050, the overall demand for energy is expected to be substantially higher than it is today. This higher demand will be met through all energy sources.

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart to receive Al-Attiyah award

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart will be the recipient of the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of International Energy Policy & Diplomacy 2017 by Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy & Sustainable Development.

SNC-Lavalin in Aramco gas oil separation unit pact

The front-end engineering design project is due to begin soon and the pre-EPC construction stage services are expected to be completed by August 2018.

Sadara announces start-up of final plastics plant

Each of Sadara's four plastics plants has world-class capacity and flexible capabilities for producing highly specialised grades of plastic products.

BV gets Noble Energy deal off Mediterranean coast

Bureau Veritas will be focused on the review and verification of the design / engineering, fabrication, installation and commissioning of the safety critical elements of the project.

ENOC presents first solar-powered service station

The service station has installed PhotoVoltaic solar panels on the roof of the canopy that can produce a peak capacity of 120 kilowatt per hour energy on an ideal day.

AspenTech gets Operator Training Simulator rights

The acquisition will enable AspenTech to offer a complete set of OTS software to train plant operators in the best practices for improving safety and operational performance.

Qatargas wins energy and water conservation awards

The awards were presented in recognition of Qatargas' commitment to environmental stewardship, and specifically, for wide-ranging energy conservation achievements at its common liquefied petroleum gas, and at the company’s Doha head office.

Dana Gas fulfils 1st international condensate sale

The cargo is the first to be directly exported by Dana Gas under the Gas Production Enhancement Agreement signed with the Egyptian government in August 2014.

Petrofac lifts Iraq presence by $70mn in new deals

Petrofac has been providing services in Iraq since 2010 and has developed a significant track record for helping its clients to unlock value from their onshore and offshore operations.

Milaha Gas & Petrochem Q1 profit falls by $12.63mn

Operating revenues of Milaha is US$177.95 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared to US$209.80 million for the same period in 2016.

Nakilat holds 21st Qatar Project Shipping Forum

The bi-annual forum gathered Nakilat's joint venture partners, ship operators and charterers to discuss numerous matters concerning the Nakilat fleet as well as the general shipping and maritime industry.

Dow bags Edison Awards for innovative technologies

Dow ACCUTRACE S10 molecular fuel marker allows governments to retaliate against the revenue loss and environmental impact of fuel tax evasion and Dow CANVERA polyolefin dispersions provide F&B brand owners with a can coating made from polyethylene resins.

Reliance supplies coal bed methane by new pipeline

Reliance Gas Pipelines Limited laid the 302 kilometre Shahdol-Phulpur gas pipeline that connects Sohagpur coal bed methane fields from Shahdol to Hazira-Vijaipur-Jagdishpur (HBJ) pipeline network of Gas Authority of India Limited at Phulpur.

Orpic schedules Liwa project EPC 3 ground breaking

Liwa Plastics Industries Complex is the largest of the three strategic growth projects undertaken by Orpic to fulfil its vision of building an Omani integrated refining and petrochemical business.

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