Celanese raises April VAM prices in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Americas

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Celanese Corporation, a global specialty materials company, has increase April list and off-list selling prices for Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) sold in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas, as per the company's press release.

The price increases below were effective for orders shipped on or after 20 March, 2018, or as contracts otherwise allow, and are incremental to any previously announced increases.

Thus, VAM prices rose, as follows:

- by EUR100/mt - for Europe, Middle East & Africa;
- by USD0.05/lb - for the USA and Canada:
- by USD110/mt - for Mexico & South America;
- by USD100/mt - for Asia outside China (AOC):
- by CNY800/mt - for China.

Besides, Celanese increased its prices of emulsion polymers by USD50/mt for AOC.

As MRC reported earlier, Celanese last raised its VAM prices for some of the stated above regions on 1 March, 2019, as follows:

- by EUR100/mt - for Europe, Middle East & Africa;
- by USD0.05/lb - for the USA and Canada:
- by USD110/mt - for Mexico & South America.

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 7,600 employees worldwide and had 2017 net sales of USD6.1 billion.

Lyondell Houston refinery restoring coker to normal operation

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Lyondell Basell Industries is restoring the large coker to normal operation at its 263,776 barrel-per-day (bpd) Houston refinery after a compressor malfunction, said Gulf Coast market sources, said Reuters.

The 57,000 bpd 737 Coker malfunctioned after a compressor tripped off early on Thursday morning, the sources said. The compressor was reset, allowing Lyondell to begin returning the coker to normal operation.

As MRC informed earlier, LyondellBasell announced that Lianyungang Petrochemical Co., a subsidiary of Zhejiang Satellite, has selected its Hostalen Advanced Cascade Process (ACP) technology for a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) facility to be built in China.

LyondellBasell is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies. The company manufactures products at 57 sites in 18 countries. LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies.

IMO rules to cause 0.6mln bpd marine gasoil deficit in 2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The upcoming International Maritime Organization sulfur regulations for marine fuel will lead to a deficit of 600,000 barrel per day of marine gasoil in 2020, according to consultancy Rystad Energy, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.

"We estimate that global gasoil/diesel demand growth in 2020 could reach 1.7 mln bpd, 1.4 million bpd of which is from marine bunkers, almost six times the five-year average global gasoil growth," said Bjornar Tonhaugen, head of oil market research.

The IMO has restricted sulfur content in marine fuels to a maximum of 0.5 percent, down from 3.5 percent now, from the start of 2020.

As MRC informed earlier, Asian refining margins for 10 ppm gasoil slipped, while weaker buying interest in the physical market pushed cash differentials for the industrial fuel lower. Refining margins or cracks for gasoil with 10ppm sulfur content were at USD15.99 a barrel over Dubai crude during Asian trade, 15 cents lower from Monday's USD16.14 per barrel.

Kuwait inspecting damage after refinery fire

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Kuwaiti state oil company officials are inspecting damage after a refinery fire at the Mina Abdullah complex, state news agency KUNA said on after the incident that did not affect production, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Kuwait Petroleum Corp said on Wednesday morning that a fire had erupted overnight, saying it started at a kerosene unit and that a mechanical failure at one of the pumps was the likely cause.

As MRC informed earlier, in November 2018, Kuwait Petroleum Co prepared a study to transform its al-Zour refinery into a commercial one to increase its profitability.

Ercros expands its moulding compounds production capacity

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The Ercros factory in Cerdanyola has expanded the production capacity of moulding compounds by 3,000 t/year, which represents an increase of 14% to reach 25,000 t/year, said the company.

The thermostable moulding compounds manufactured in Cerdanyola have applications in very diverse sectors; can be used in the manufacture of electrical appliances, such as switches and plugs; of toilet seats and covers and other sanitary accessories; caps for the cosmetics and perfume industry; of buttons, tableware and trays, etc.

85% of its production is exported to more than 30 countries around the world. The greater volume of moulding compounds that this expansion allows is entirely destined to the foreign market, with the objective of consolidating and expanding the Ercros presence in America, Europe and Asia. The company is the only producer of this range in Spain. It occupies the first position in sales in the Spanish market; the second in Europe; and the third in the rest of the world.

The project carried out to expand the production capacity of moulding compounds has been developed by the Ercros R&D and engineering departments, and involves a significant improvement in the final product, since it has allowed Carbaicar HD quality to practically all the production; this quality offers high benefits that improve the productivity of customers.

The Cerdanyola factory has also increased its degree of digitization and automation, in order to improve its competitiveness.

In March 2019, Ercros factory in Tortosa launched an expansion of its production capacity of polyols in order to meet the growing demand that this product range has in the market.