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End of an era: Dow spins off chlor-alkali

Dow Chemical has agreed to sell its Chlor-alkali assets and associated derivatives businesses to Olin Corporation in a transaction that in one stroke separates Dow from its main heritage business and makes Olin the largest domestic chlor-alkali producer. Dow will … Continue reading

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New, Middle West cracker breaks the mold

 Last week The Joseph Priestley Society of Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia hosted a luncheon and a speech by Fernando Musa, head of Braskem USA, which is now the largest polypropylene producer in the Americas. The most interesting part of the speech … Continue reading

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Shale gas-based ethylene boom: Future planning is essential

 The availability of cheap ethane (best ethylene feedstock) from shale gas and from new, light crude oils has resulted in boom times for the U.S. petrochemical industry. From a position of relative lack of competitiveness, U.S. olefin plants are now the low cost world … Continue reading

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Westlake MLP opens new chapter

Wow! How the U.S. petrochemical world has changed! The shale gas “revolution” has made the production of ethylene from ethane so profitable that a downstream integrated ethylene producer can now “donate”( well, actually sell, but under favorable conditions) some of his profits to investors in … Continue reading

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Catalytic Ethylene Process: Interesting!

You could say that the petrochemical world has long wondered when a plant using a catalytic reactor rather than a thermal  steam cracker would produce ethylene from ethane. Now, such a plant has been announced for a site in the … Continue reading

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Sweet Tires?

A lot of research is going on in the area of biofuels and biochemicals and a blog is not a great vehicle to capture all of the important developments.  I will cover this subject from time to time as particularly interesting topics catch my eye.  … Continue reading

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Petrochemical Industry Regains Its Mojo

When the domestic petrochemical industry was created in the 1950s, the U.S. became the first large-scale producer of olefins (ethylene, propylene) from natural gas liquids (ethane, propane) extracted from natural gas. Availability of natural gas at 25 cents per  million Btu on the … Continue reading

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