Celanese increases EVA emulsions prices in Europe

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company and a global leader in Vinyl Acetate Ethylene (EVA) emulsions, has announced that it will increase the price for emulsions sold in Europe, as per the company's press release.

Effective April 1, 2017, or as contracts otherwise allow, the following price increases will apply:

- EVA - EUR75/tonne;
- VAM Homopolymers (PVAC) - EUR75/tonne;
- VAM Copolymers - EUR75/tonne;
- Pure Acrylics - EUR120/tonne;
- Styrene Acrylics - EUR120/tonne.

As MRC informed previously, Celanese Corporation raised March prices of emulsions sold in the Americas. Thus, vinyl acetate homopolymer emulsions, vinyl acrylic emulsions, vinyl acetate ethylene emulsions, and acrylic emulsions increased by up to USD0.03/wet pound effective March 1, 2017, or as contracts allow. This price increase affects all applications including, but not limited to, adhesives, paints and coatings, building and construction, nonwovens, glass fiber, carpet, paper and textiles.

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Based in Dallas, Celanese employs approximately 7,300 employees worldwide and had 2016 net sales of USD5.4 billion.
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Hyundai Engineering In USD3.2B Petrochemical Project In Iran

MOSCOW (MRC) -- South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co said on Monday that it had signed a deal worth USUSD3.2 billion with Iran’s Ahdaf Investment Company for the construction of the second phase of a petrochemical complex in Iran, said Koreaherald.

"The project allowed us to spearhead into the Iranian construction market as a lead manager. We plan to do everything in our capacity to clinch additional projects in the future," a spokesperson for Hyundai told The Korea Herald, which noted that the deal is the largest so far signed by a South Korean company in Iran.

Hyundai Engineering will act as lead manager of the Kangan Petro Refining Complex in southwestern Iran. The petrochemical complex is planned to have an annual production of around 1 million tons of ethylene, 500,000 tons of monoethylene glycol, and 350,000 tons of heavy and light polyethylene, The Korea Herald reported.

The financing of the deal – which was signed as an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Finance (EPCF) contract -- will be finalized within nine months by Korean banks, the Iranian oil ministry’s news service Shana said on Sunday. Construction will take 48 months, according to the Iranian news service.
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CH2M, Shell sign framework agreement provididing global engineering services

MOSCOW (MRC) -- CH2M has signed a framework agreement with Shell to provide engineering, procurement, construction and project management services across upstream, integrated gas and downstream projects globally, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

"We are committed to improving and embracing fundamental changes to how the industry delivers engineering, procurement, and construction projects," said CH2M Chair and CEO Jacqueline Hinman. "These changes are critical to owners and service providers."

As an engineering, procurement and construction services provider, CH2M will focus on delivering projects for Shell's operating sites and business units. This collaboration will allow Shell's business units to access CH2M's global technical and management expertise.

"We share Shell's commitment to KPI-driven performance measurement and incentives, and to innovation that will migrate the capital project life-cycle to a fully data-driven environment. These ways of working are inherent in our values, and our collective ideas and commitment can improve capital efficiency across Shell's asset base," said Sheila Galegher, Vice President and CH2M's Global Account Manager for Shell. "We are ready to be the change agent Shell needs to deliver on their goals."

As MRC wrote before, in March 2016, Shell and Saudi Aramco announced plans to break up Motiva Enterprises LLC and divide up the assets, almost two decades after forming the US oil refining and marketing joint venture.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is an Anglo-Dutch multinational oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office in London, United Kingdom. It is the biggest company in the world in terms of revenue and one of the six oil and gas "supermajors". Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading.
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Pemex says explosion at fuel storage facility injures 8

MOSCOW (MRC) -- At least eight people were injured on Wednesday by explosion at a Pemex fuel storage and distribution facility near the state-owned oil company's Salamanca refinery, in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, said Reuters, citing Pemex.

The company said there were no deaths or "severe damages" at the facility, which supplies gasoline to regional buyers. It added that the fire has been extinguished.

The blast occurred as workers were filling a tanker truck with fuel in a part of the plant away from storage facilities, Pemex said in a statement.

As MRC informed earlier, Pemex is investing almost USD5.5bn in upgrading its refineries, increasing pipeline capacity and modernising a fertiliser plant.

Pemex, Mexican Petroleum, is a Mexican state-owned petroleum company. Pemex has a total asset worth of USD415.75 billion, and is the world's second largest non-publicly listed company by total market value, and Latin America's second largest enterprise by annual revenue as of 2009. Company produces such polymers, as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS).
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Indian Oil buys its first crude from Canadian Suncor

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Indian Oil Corp became India's first refiner to buy light sweet Hibernia crude from Canada's largest oil company, doing the deal after the opening of the arbitrage for Canadian oil to flow to Asia, reported Reuters.

Production in North America, led by US shale output, is increasing after supply cuts by OPEC and non-OPEC countries pushed oil prices to above USD50 a barrel.

This was also the first time that Suncor Energy has sold a cargo of offshore Canadian crude to IOC, a Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal said on Wednesday.

Seetal declined to say how big the cargo was or when it would load, but confirmed Canada's biggest oil company had won an Indian Oil Corp tender.

"We do market our offshore crude production globally on an opportunistic basis," she said.

Trade sources said Suncor sold the 1-MM-barrel cargo of Hibernia crude to IOC on a free on board basis. Separately, IOC has also bought its first Russian Urals crude cargo in about a year in another tender.

IOC previously bought a cargo of Canadian White Rose oil in November 2013. State-refiners like IOC were last year given the freedom to draw up the crude import strategies that would allow them to make swift gains from changing market dynamics.

News of the Suncor cargo comes after market sources this week said two other vessels carrying Atlantic Canadian crude are on their way to China.

The Stena Suede and the Jag Lalit, both Suezmaxes, loaded at Whiffen Head terminal, Newfoundland, according to Reuters ship tracking data. At least one of them was sold by Husky Energy to buyer PetroChina, two sources said.

Husky had said in February it sold its first one-million-barrel cargo of offshore Atlantic Canada crude bound for China from its White Rose field.

As MRC wrote before, Indian Oil Corporation's Rs 34,555-crore 15 million tonnes per annum Paradip Refinery was commissioned in phases from March 2015 onwards. Indian Oil Corporation is conducting feasibility studies to set up a petrochemical complex at Paradip in Odisha for Rs 20,000 crore. The petrochemical complex would be built in the vicinity of the company’s to-be-commissioned 15-mln tpa greenfield refinery at Paradip. The petrochemical complex would be in addition to the already announced Rs 3,150-crore polypropylene project at the same location, the foundation stone for which was laid by MOS for petroleum and natural gas.

Indian Oil Corporation Limited, or IndianOil, is an Indian state-owned oil and gas corporation with its headquarters in New Delhi, India.
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