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Dateline: April 1, 2010

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Shell Chemical L.P. and Shell Chemical Yabucoa have agreed to install pollution reduction equipment on two petroleum refining facilities at an estimated cost of $6 million as part of two comprehensive Clean Air Act settlements. The two companies will also pay a combined $3.3 million civil penalty to the U.S. as well as to Alabama and Louisiana, as well as $200,000 to Louisiana organizations for environmental education and emergency operations. Under the settlements, Shell Chemical L.P. will apply new air pollution control technologies and implement other measures to reduce emissions from some of the largest emitting units at its petroleum refining facilities in Saraland, Alabama and St. Rose, Louisiana. Shell Chemical Yabucoa operates a facility in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. For independent business reasons, the company decided to shutdown its refining operations at the facility in Puerto Rico in the summer of 2009; however, it still continues to operate a gasoline terminal there.

Unit Sale

INEOS Group has completed the sale of its fluorochemicals business to Mexichem Fluor S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Mexichem S.A.B. de C.V. The sale includes the international business and assets related to INEOSí fluorochemical operations in North America, Europe and Asia. The sale is part of the companyís ongoing program to focus on its large-scale petrochemicals businesses as it continues to strengthen its liquidity and business performance.

First North American Trial Completed

NuEarth Corporation has successfully completed its first contract for the usage of its all-natural AquaSolv product line as a pesticide carrier and adjuvant with Jasper Agro Development. In agricultural use, AquaSolv is readily biodegradable and low in toxicity to both humans and non-targeted wildlife.


Unit Sale

Royal DSM NV will sell its fertilizer and melamine businesses to Egyptís Orascom Construction Industries for $418 million. The fertilizer businss makes high-nitrogen fertilizers for agricultural crops. Melamine is used in laminates used on furniture and flooring. DSM said the disposal is part of its strategy to focus on health-related products.


Plant Opening

Eastman Chemical has opened a new plant in Ulsan, South Korea to produce acetate tow, a material used in cigarette filters. The plant is owned by Eastman Fibers Korea Limited, a joint venture between Eastman and SK Chemicals Co. Eastman controls the venture and will operate the plant, which has 27,000 metric tons of capacity.

Plant Sale

Equipolymers has signed a definitive agreement to sell its pure terephthalic acid (PTA) and polyethylene terephthalate resins (PET) production facilities at its manufacturing site in Ottana, Italy to a joint venture between Ottana Energia and Indorama. Equipolymers will continue to run its manufacturing facility in Schkopau, Germany.


Ethylene Cracker

Shell has successfully started up the ethylene cracker at its Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex project in Singapore. The cracker will produce on-specification ethylene. It has a capacity of 800,000 tons of ethylene/year as well as 450,000 tons of propylene and 230,000 tons of benzene.



The second phase of revitalization of Indonesiaís fertilizer industry will need an additional investment of $4.52 billion according to an official of the industry ministry. The second phase of the program includes building five new urea fertilizer plants and the development of infrastructure in gas-producing areas. Potential locations for the new fertilizer plants include Donggi-Senoro, Tangguh and Masela.


Polypropylene Plant

Hyundai expects to hand over a polypropylene plant in the central Quang Ngai Province of Vietnam to PetroVietnam by the end of May. The plant has an annual capacity of 150,000 tons. Construction of the factory started in December 2007.


Biofuel Project

Indian Oil Corporation will partner with UOP LLC, a Honeywell International subsidiary, to produce green transportation fuels from non-food feedstock. The partners will explore setting up a bio-fuel production unit at an IOC site using domestic feedstock to evaluate the viability of pyrolysis oil technology to convert plant biomass into renewable power and heat. The collaboration is focused on developing viable and sustainable green fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in India.

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