Weekly News Round Up

This week's round-up of news and updates on previous stories

  • Speaking at the Indian Petrochem 2009 Conference in Mumbia. Roland Walzi of Linde talked of the difficulties of 'mega cracker' projects. Mr Walzi exppressed his view that ethylene plants of greater than 2million tonnes/year capacity were unlikely due to 'technical challenges and economies of scale'.
  • An investigation has started into two explosions at the SNF Group's factory, located in Andrézieux in France. Four people were injured in the incidents, two seriously, believed to be caused by the mixing of incompatible substances. The incident is believed to be due to human error.
  • Moody's Investors Services has updated its outlook for the chemical industry. The view is pessimistic, given limited volume growth, overcapacity and concerns over rising raw materials prices.
  • The Qatar-based Qatofin, a joint venture between Total and QAPCO, has inaugurated a new 450 kT LLDPE plant in Mesaieed. Commercial production is expected in January next year.
  • ICIS has updated its estimate of the total number of job losses in the chemical industry since the start of the financial crisis. ICIS now estimates that more than 83,000 jobs have been lost so far.

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