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Chexpress - December 11, 2012

North America

Fertilizer Plant

Ohio Valley Resources has selected a southern Indiana site for a nitrogen fertilizer plant. The $950 million plant will be located at a 150-acre site near the town of Rockport. Two nearby interstate natural gas pipelines will reduce the cost of obtaining the gas needed for nitrogen production. Construction should take about three years, with completion expected in 2016. The plant will likely employ 80 people.

Shut Down

Alcoa Inc. has decided to shut down a Auburn, Indiana factory after cutting hundreds of jobs there during the past decade. Factory operations will end in March, impacting the facility’s 25 hourly and 18 salaried workers. The closing decision is part of the company’s efforts to streamline operations.


Baxter International says it will buy Gambro for about $4 billion to broaden its dialysis product portfolio. Gambro makes dialysis products for patients with acute or chronic kidney disease, with sales of about $1.6 billion last year. Baxter says dialysis treatment rates are rising more than 5 percent annually, partly because of rising rates of diabetes and high blood pressure. Baxter will pay for the deal with a combination of debt and cash generated from overseas operations. The company expects the acquisition will close in the first half of next year.

Chemical Exposure

An oil refinery worker has died after being exposed to propane and acid at a Valero plant in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the second person to die this year from an on-the-job injury at the plant. The plant has been cited for violations related to the safe handling and control of hazardous energy and chemicals. Two workers were injured when a sight glass on a pump ruptured, exposing them to a mixture of propane and hydrofluoric acid. One of the workers died at the hospital, while the second worker and two firefighters have non-critical injuries.




Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been selected by Reliance Industries Limited to provide engineering and procurement assistance services for the construction of a Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) plant. The plant will be located at the Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex in Gujarat, India.


PT Pertamina is set to integrate its petrochemical business through cooperation with SK Global Chemical. The partnership is expected to create opportunity for the company and increase the economic value of its oil refineries while enabling it to control the Indonesian domestic petrochemical market. Indonesia’s production of petrochemicals is not enough yet to feed the downstream industries that the country has to spend $5 billion on imports of petrochemical materials each year. The factory is to be completed in 2017 and will produce one million tons of petrochemical materials a year.

Petrochemical Plant

Grupa Lotos SA is teaming up with Zaklady Azotowe Tamow to build a petrochemical plant in Poland. The plant’s construction will cost $1.6-$1.9 billion and begin in 2014 or 1015. The plant should be ready by 2018. The new plant would be adjacent to the Gdansk-based Lotos refinery and would use its products.

Petrochemical Complex

PTT plans to build a $28.7 billion oil refinery and related petrochemical projects in central Vietnam. The refinery will have a capacity of 660,000 barrels/day. It will include the construction of petrochemical facilities, comprising aromatic and olefin plants with an annual production capacity of 3.7 million tons and 6.5 million tons, respectively. Construction could commence in 2016 with the plant expected to start operations in 2019, pending approval by the Vietnamese government.    

Petrochemical is central of ChE's field since 50's/60's, but now, How about petrochemical in US? still awake or Move on?
what's the interesting point for chemical Engineer in US?


thanks for Answer



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