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  • INEOS completes acquisition of TotalEnergies’ petrochemical assets in southern France

    08 April 2024

    INEOS has completed the acquisition of TotalEnergies’ 50% share in four facilities at Lavera in southern France. The deal includes one of Europe’s largest steam crackers with an annual capacity of 720,000 tonnes of ethylene, an aromatics business with an annual capacity of 270,000 tonnes and a polypropylene business with an annual capacity of 300,000 tonnes....

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  • PetroChina starts construction of £2.4 billion petrochemical complex

    29 September 2023

    A unit of China’s state oil and gas company PetroChina confirmed on 29 September that construction of its 21.88 billion yuan (£2.4 billion) petrochemical complex in the west of the country has started....

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  • INEOS and TotalEnergies further integrate French petrochemical assets

    06 July 2023

    TotalEnergies and INEOS have signed agreements to realign their respective stakes in their production assets and logistics infrastructure to better reflect the balance between their production and internal use of ethylene in eastern France. For TotalEnergies, this exchange of interests supports the integration between its petrochemical sites at Feyzin, near Lyon, and Carling in eastern France, while INEOS strengthens its operations at the Lavéra site on the Mediterranean coast....

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  • Investigation update released into fatal 2022 explosion at BP refinery

    20 June 2023

    The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released an update into its ongoing investigation of the chemical release and fire at the BP-Husky Refinery located in Oregon, Ohio that resulted in two fatalities and substantial property damage to the facility in September 2022....

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  • Fire breaks out at Shell chemical plant, burns for three days

    09 May 2023

    A fire broke out in the olefins unit of Shell’s Deer Park Chemicals Facility in Texas, US on 5 May. The blaze was extinguished on 6 May but later reignited and burned for a third day before firefighters were able to extinguish it again on 7 May. No injuries were reported, however Shell said some contractors underwent a medical evaluation as a precaution....

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Explosion at US refinery kills one person, injures another 27 April 2023

An explosion at a refinery near Chicago, Illinois killed one worker and injured another on 25 April. The incident happened at Seneca Petroleum in the town of Lemont, southwest of Chicago....

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Victims of 2019 ExxonMobil plant explosion awarded almost $30 million 23 February 2023

Five victims of an explosion at ExxonMobil’s Olefins Plant in Texas, US in 2019 have been awarded almost $30 million after a jury found the energy major to be fully responsible. A total of 66 people were injured in the incident which occurred after a line rupture caused by a build up of polymer popcorn....

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Petrochemical plant explosion kills five, injures eight in China 17 January 2023

An explosion at a petrochemical plant in the north east of China killed five workers and injured eight others on January 15. The incident occurred at an alkylation facility operated by Panjin Haoye Chemical Co Ltd in Panshan County, Liaoning Province....

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Saudi Aramco and TotalEnergies to build world scale petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia 16 December 2022

Saudi Aramco and TotalEnergies announced on December 15 that they have taken the final investment decision for the construction of a world scale petrochemical facility in Saudi Arabia. The “Amiral” complex will be owned, operated, and integrated with the existing Saudi Aramco TotalEnergies Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP) refinery located in Jubail on Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast....

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Saudi Aramco signs MoU with Shandong Energy Group 14 December 2022

On December 7, the Saudi oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco and Shandong Energy Group signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Jinan to jointly develop project opportunities for refining and chemical integration in China....

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