Haldia Petrochemicals promoter proposed eight allied chemical projects

(Plastemart) -- Purnendu Chatterjee, Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL) promoter, has proposed eight allied chemical projects worth Rs 4.000 crore. HPL mulls chemical downstream units like those for synthetic rubber, used in the tyre industry, or pharmaceuticals intermediates. Some projects will involve foreign investment partners. This may be difficult until the legal wrangle between TCG and the Government is sorted out. The Chatterjee Group (TCG) and the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) have been locked in a court case for six years over who holds the majority in the HPL. The proceedings are over in the Supreme Court and the verdict is awaited from the two-judge bench.


Formosa Plastics may face additional closures and output losses

(Dow Jones)--Formosa Plastics Group said Monday they may face additional closures and output losses at the Mailiao petrochemical complex in southern Taiwan, after a county government ordered several facilities there to be shuttered from June 1 on safety and pollution counts following two fires earlier in May.

Formosa Plastics Corp., the flagship company of the group, said it plans to appeal the government's order, which didn't specify how long the suspension would last. Some of the facilities operated by the group's Nan Ya Plastics Corp. unit are still running, but Formosa Plastics' polyvinyl chloride plant and Formosa Petrochemical Corp.'s No. 1 naphtha cracker have been closed since the fire, the companies said.

While the extent of the closures and output losses remain unknown, Formosa Petrochemical has already deferred most of its naphtha cargoes for June to the following month, traders said earlier.

A person close to the company said Monday that the company may restart its naphtha cracker early July, but that it might not be able to do so if operations at too many downstream plants remain suspended.


Asia's naphtha price was near a one-week low on Monday

(Reuters) - Asia's naphtha price was near a one-week low on Monday, while timespreads fell to their lowest in 7 and half months as a prolonged cracker shutdown in Taiwan hurt sellers. The lost demand also sent cracks to their lowest in about 2 and half months and reduced Asian prices to levels lower than in Northwest Europe.

This helps open the opportunity for traders to move Gulf and Mediterranean cargoes to the West, provided they can find buyers.

June/July swaps timespreads were at a discount of USD 2.00 a tonne, down from a premium of 25 cents, making this the first contango since Feb. 22.


An incident was reported at the Morris Complex for LyondellBasell's Equistar business

(Chicago Tribune) -- About 100 residents near a petrochemical facility in southwest suburban Morris were evacuated this afternoon after a power outage stoked fears that a tanker might explode, officials said. The Grundy County Emergency Operations Center issued an emergency message that said "an incident" had been reported at the Morris Complex for LyondellBasell's Equistar business, and initially evacuated all residents within a 1.8-mile radius of the plant to the Minooka fire station at 7901 E. Minooka Rd. The message indicated that the evacuation was being undertaken as a ⌠precautionary measure.

Lightning reportedly hit one of the stacks at the facility and caused pressure in a vessel to surge, according to Minooka Village President Patrick Brennan.

Deeann Thigpen, a spokeswoman for the company, said that severe storms Sunday had knocked out power and steam to the plant and that the company was in the process of getting the plant powered up again. She said that the plant itself had not been evacuated.


Geography of LLDPE imports to Russia considerably expanded

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Import of linear polyethylene (LLDPE) to Russia is growing along with the geography of imports, according to ICIS-MRC Price Report.

Low demand for LLDPE from the Asian market along with excessive offer from Middle East producers forced many companies to reorient their trade flows to the European markets, in particular, to Russia. In March, there appeared first offers of re-exported supplies of butene LLDPE from Asia. In April -May, prices for polyethylene for the Russian market decreased that resulted in growing number of contracts from the Russian companies.

In mid-May, there was linear polyethylene from Iran, Qatar, Libya, Brazil, Thailand in the Russian market, besides traditional European and South Korean suppliers. The range of prices is 61.000 - 64.000 RUB/t, including VAT, СРТ.