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South Korean chemical giant to build $3.9 billion petrochemical complex in Indonesia 10 January 2022

South Korean chemical giant Lotte Chemical announced on January 7 that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indonesian government to build a large-scale petrochemical complex worth around $3.9 billion (£2.9b)....

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Chemical plant explosion kills three, injures 15 in India 17 December 2021

An explosion at a chemical plant in the state of Gujarat on India’s west coast killed three people and injured 15 others on December 16. The incident happened at a chemical manufacturing plant belonging to Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited (GFL) in the Panchmahal district of Gujarat....

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Chemical plant explosion kills three in South Korea 14 December 2021

An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed three people on December 13. The incident happened at around 13:30 local time at a petrochemical manufacturing factory in the southern city of Yeosu....

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Government announces UK REACH deadline extension 14 December 2021

The UK government announced on December 6 that it will consult on an extension to the deadline for UK REACH. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it was ommitted to exploring alternative arrangements for UK REACH transitional registrations in order to support chemical businesses whilst upholding the highest standards to safeguard public health and the environment....

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Shell to build Asia's largest pyrolysis oil upgrader unit for recycling plastic waste 29 November 2021

Shell announced that it will build a new pyrolysis oil upgrader unit which improves the quality of pyrolysis oil, a liquid made from hard-to-recycle plastic waste that would have gone into a landfill, and turns it into chemical feedstock for its Pulau Bukom plant in Singapore. Slated to start production in 2023, the unit will be the largest in Asia and Shell’s first globally, with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes per annum (tpa)....

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Chemical plant explosion kills four, injures three in China 25 October 2021

Four people were killed and three others were injured following an explosion at a chemical plant in China’s autonomous Inner Mongolia region. The incident happened at around 23:00 local time in the Bayan Obo industrial park near Alxa League in the southwest of the region.

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Louisiana chemical plant explosion injures five people 04 October 2021

An explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana, US injured five people on September 27. The incident occurred at the Westlake petrochemical plant near the city of Lake Charles in the southwest of Louisiana....

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INEOS announces £1 billion Grangemouth investment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 22 September 2021

On September 22, INEOS announced planned further investment of over £1 billion towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions at its Grangemouth site to net zero by 2045, building on the 37% reduction in net CO2 emissions already delivered since acquiring the site in 2005....

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UK chemical company fined £1 million for fatal 2018 explosion 20 September 2021

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has fined chemical company Briar Chemicals £1 million after an explosion killed a contractor at its Norwich plant in 2018. The death of maintenance contractor Rob Cranston, aged 46, was previously ruled as “accidental” following an 11-day jury inquest in December 2020....

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Hazardous materials incident kills two workers at US manufacturing plant 14 September 2021

Two people were killed following a hazardous materials incident in North Carolina, US on September 12. Emergency responders attended a plant belonging to Valley Proteins at around 13:30 local time and pronounced two workers as dead at the scene....

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