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Invista, a unit of Koch Industries, will upgrade its Texas chemical plants. The company makes chemicals used in nylon, polyurethanes and other products at its plants in Victoria, La Porte and Orange, Texas. Invista will make capital investments in safety and environmental projects, as well as production efficiencies and infrastructure renewal. The company will add about 100 new engineers and other staff.
Buckeye Partners, L.P. has completed the purchase of a refined petroleum products terminal in Opelousas, Louisiana from Chevron U.S.A. Inc. The niche terminal is connected to Colonial Pipeline and currently supplies central Louisiana with branded gasoline, diesel and ethanol.
Electrolyte Production Plant
LG Chem will establish a new electrolyte production plant in Holland, Michigan. The new electrolyte production plant will be located near LG Chem’s $303-million battery cell plant in Holland, which is under construction. The 600,000 square-foot batter cell plant is expected to be fully operational in 2012 with up to 400 employees.
The Dow Chemical Co. has successfully started the Solution Linear Low Density Polyethylene II train (SPE II). SPE II is owned by Siam Polyethylene Co., Ltd., a joint venture of Dow and Siam Cement Group, and is located at the existing Map-Ta-Phut manufacturing facility in Rayong Province, Thailand. Products from SPE II are expected to be commercially available this month.
Dow Advanced Materials, a division of The Dow Chemical Co., has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in DongNaiProvince, Vietman for the production of acrylic and styrene-acrylic polymers used in the paint, coatings, construction, packaging, home and personal care industries. The new plant is scheduled to go on stream in September 2011. It will be shared by three Dow Advanced Materials businesses – Dow Coatings Materials, Dow Building & Construction, and Dow Adhesives & Functional Polymers.
Total and China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) have announced their intention to build a coal-based petrochemical plant in China. The two companies signed a letter of understanding (LOU) to study the construction of a world-scale plant in coal-rich Inner Mongolia. Total will bring is expertise in the Methanol to Olefins (MTO) and the Olefin Cracking Process (OCP) technology to the partnership. The companies will now launch a feasibility study on a project of 1 Mt/year polyolefins production site, based on methanol produced from the gasification of coal. The plant will result from an estimated 2 to 3 billion Euro investment and is expected to start production after 2015.
Middle East First
Qatar is set to become the first producer of Normal Alpha Olefins (NAO) in the Middle East with the formal inauguration of Q-Chem II, a joint venture between Oatar Petroleum and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company at Mesaieed. The facility is expected to produce 350,000 metric tons of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) annually, and for the first time in the region, 345,000 tons/year of Normal Alpha Olefins (NAO).