PetroChina plans capacity increase at Dushanzi refinery

February 23 (plastemart) -- In 2010, PetroChina, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp plans to increase output of the Dushanzi refinery in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region that commenced operations in September 2009. The company plans to raise refining capacity by 50%, while ethylene output is expected to rise 114% from levels seen in 2009. The RMB 30 bln refining and petrochemical project comprises ten refining machines, 11 chemical units and other supporting facilities. The complex is capable of processing 10 mln tpa of crude oil by distillation and 2 mln tpa of crude oil by hydrocracking, and producing 1 mln tons of ethylene, 900,000 tons of polyethylene and 550,000 tons of polypropylene.


Sabic infromed customers of price hike for engineering thermoplastics

February 23 (plasteurope) -- Sabic Innovative Plastics has sent out letters to its European customers informing them that it will raise the prices of several engineering thermoplastics. Specifically, the hike of EUR 220/t, which comes into effect on 15 March 2010, involves all polycarbonate resins, the ⌠Lexan copolymer grade, the ⌠Cycoloy blend (PC/ABS) and the ⌠Cycolac (ABS) styrene range. The group also is planning to raise the price of its ⌠Ultem range.

As part of the same announcement, Sabic also communicated price increases of EUR 150/t for its ⌠Noryl (PPE/PS), ⌠Valox (PBT) and ⌠LNP resins and compounds.

MRCMRC Reference

Sabic. The share in the Russian market in 2008:
PE - 0.2%;
PP - 0.4%;
PS - 0.2%.

Annual sales growth in Russia over the last 5 years:
PE - 33%;
PP - 62%.

PVC-S imports up 30% in Russia in January

MOSCOW (MRC) -- PVC-S imports went up by 30% in Russia in January 2010, compared to the same period last year - MRC DataScope reports. Russian window profile producers began to import American resin actively. The share of North American PVC-S exceeded 50% of overall suspension imports.

Overall imports of resin produced by America's Georgia Gulf and Oxyvinyls moved at 2.2 kt. The share of 225P/Oxyvinyls and PVC-1091/Georgia Gulf grades exceeded 90% of overall imports of material produced by those companies.

Russian companies were not importing PVC-S from Taiwan in January. Formosa's resin was imported only from the USA (726 mt). Imports of Chinese PVC-S amounted only to 1.1 kt (whereas average monthly imports of Chinese feedstock during the second half of 2009 exceeded 10 kt).


For more detailed information, see DataScope.

Dow to charge customers more for polyethylene

February 22 (plasteurope) -- Citing the need to recover its margins, Dow Europe has announced a EUR 80/t price increase for polyethylene resins in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.

The hike applies to all the group's LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE grades and will go into effect on 1 March 2010.

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Subsidiary of Lotte Group acquires UK based PTA and PET plant

February 22 (plastemart) -- A subsidiary of South Korean Lotte Group - KP Chemical, has completed acquisition of UK based PTA and PET plant. Lotte Chemical UK Ltd., the unit of KP Chemical, inked an agreement to buy the Artenius plant in Wilton for 26 bln won (US$22.4 mln). The Artenius plant has capacity to produce 500,000 tpa of purified terephthalic acid and 150,000 tpa of polyethylene terephthalate.

The deal is part of the Korean firm's move to expand its presence in Europe.