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Dateline: March 18, 2010

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Eastman Chemical Co. is buying Genovique Specialties Corp. in a move to expand its position in the specialty plasticizers market. Genovique makes plasticizers, benzoic acid and sodium benzoate. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Plans Cancelled

New Finishing Line, a former subsidiary of Catalfer SRL, has dropped plans to open a chemicals and abrasives plant in Charleston, West Virginia. The firm’s accountant says the company no longer exists. In 2006, Catalfer had announced plans for a plant that would employ up to 40 people.


New Guidelines

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued seven guidelines designed to prevent workplace explosions. The main recommendation: Always monitor air for the presence of flammable vapors before doing any “hot” work, which includes welding, grinding or other spark-producing activities. The guidelines were developed after the safety board investigated more than 60 deaths in industrial explosions across the U.S. during the past 20 years. Each explosion was sparked when workers performed “hot” tasks near pockets of flammable vapors. The Chemical Safety Board makes safety recommendations, but doesn’t issue citations or fines.


Contract Awarded

Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract by Sasol for its Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Project in Sasolburg, South Africa. The value of the contract was not disclosed. The project is expected to be completed in 2012.


Aromatics Complex

Larsen & Toubro Limited has secured an order valued at Rs. 2035 Crores from ONGC Mangalore Petrochemicals Ltd. for an aromatics complex to be setup at the Mangalore SEZ. The complex will produce Aromatic products include paraxylene, benzene, hydrogen, heavy aromatics and LPG. Naphtha will serve as the raw material. The scope of work includes residual basic design, detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, installation, pre-commissioning, testing, commissioning and performance test run. The project is expected to be ready for commissioning in December 2012.


Surface Condenser Order

Graham Corp. has been awarded orders totaling approximately $6 million for steam surface condensers that will be installed at facilities in the U.S. and Asia. The first order is for a custom-engineered steam surface condenser for a municipal waste-to-energy project in the U.S. Upon completion, the expanded facility will generate 80 megawatts of electricity. The second order is for steam surface condensers for a large ethylene producing facility in Asia.


Fertilizer Plant Contract

SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by Sasol Nitro to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for a new 400,000 Mtpy calcium ammonium nitrate production plant in an existing chemical complex in Secunda, South Africa. The plant is scheduled to be completed in 2011. The total project cost is approximately CA$96 million.  

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