More than 500 villagers from Zhentou township in central China have been found to have high concentrations of cadmium in their bodies after a series of leaks from a chemical plant. The leaks are also believed to be related to the deaths of two villagers in May and June. Exposure to large amounts of cadmium can cause failure of the central nervous system and lungs, lead to severe brain damage and, in some cases, cause death.
PE Catalyst Plant
Univation Technologies, LLC has begun construction of a new polyethylene catalyst manufacturing facility in China that is scheduled to start up in 2011. The new facility will produce the companyís UCAT J High Productivity Catalyst that is employed in the production of a broad range of LLDPE and HDPE products. It will be located in Zhangjiagang.
Petrochemical Plant Possible
SK Group is looking at building a petrochemical plant fueled by Peruís Camisea gas reserves with an estimated investment of $4 billion. The company is looking to win a concession from the Peruvian government and would aim to make the plant operational in 2015.
Methyl Methacrylate Plant
Mitsubishi Rayon Co. plans to build a methyl methacrylate factory for a precursor material for acrylic glass through a Middle Eastern joint venture by 2013. The joint venture partner has not been disclosed. The plant is expected to have an annual production capacity of 250,000 tons. Additionally, they plan to build at the site a facility that will make molded products using MMA produced at the proposed plant.
Coal Chemical Firm
Kailuan Clean Coal Co., Ltd. and an affiliate of Beijing Enterprises Group Co., Ltd. have agreed to jointly set up a big coal chemical firm. Kailuan will hold a 51 percent stake in the new firm. After the formation, Kailuan will form a coal chemical industrial park with 10 big coke ovens in Jingtang Port, China. The park will have a coking coal production capacity of 6.1 million tons/year and will be capable of processing 800,000 tons of methanol/year, 1 million tons of tar/year and 200,000 tons of benzene hydrogenation/year.
Chinaís Petroleum & Chemical Corp. and Kuwait Petroleum Corp.ís joint refining and chemical complex will be built in Zhanjing city, China. The $9 billion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2013 after it gains approval from the National Development and Reform Commission. It will have an annual capacity of 15 million tons. The two parties will be launching feasibility studies for the location to evaluate its environmental impact.
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. will withdraw from the business of polystyrene. The unit of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. wants to clean out its unprofitable petrochemical businesses and focus on functional products where it is highly competitive. By October 1, it plans to sell all its shares in PS Japan Corp. to partners Asahi Kasei Corp. and Idemitsu Kosan Co. Mitsubishi Chemical is expected to receive approximately $5.26 million for the shares.
Tech Center Expansion
WACKER has successfully completed the expansion and relocation of its technical center and offices in Dubai. The new facility serves as a development and testing lab for construction-chemistry applications. The expanded technical center supports WACKER POLYMERS and WACKER SILICONES customers in the development of new products and applications for the regionís markets.