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Petrofac consortium wins deal on Abu Dhabi alumina refinery

Petrofac consortium wins deal on Abu Dhabi alumina refinery Subscription Required

22 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Emirates Global Aluminium raw materials project expected to be completed by end of 2017

Al-Sawfa Cement awards $127m plant deal

Al-Sawfa Cement awards $127m plant deal Subscription Required

22 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions wins deal to build production line

Orpic pushes forward with Liwa Plastics Project

Orpic pushes forward with Liwa Plastics Project Subscription Required

21 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Financial adviser confirmed on Oman petrochemicals scheme

By 2018, the UAE will have 33 pharmaceuticals factories, increasing from 15 currently.

UAE develops more pharmaceutical factories Subscription Required

14 October 2014 | By Austyn Allison

Three new production facilities to open by end of 2015

Sabic has given international contractors until 2 November to submit tenders for its planned acrylonitrile plant

November deadline for Sabic acrylonitrile plant tender Subscription Required

13 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Three contractors bidding for long-awaited petrochemicals scheme

caustic soda

Nuberg wins deal to expand Abu Dhabi caustic soda plant Subscription Required

13 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Indian group awarded $15m contract by project owner Al-Ghaith Industries

Bid deadline extended for $6.4bn Al-Karaana complex

Bid deadline extended for $6.4bn Al-Karaana complex Subscription Required

8 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Qatar Petroleum and Shell give consortiums more time to formulate tenders

Steel consumption

Sharp increase forecast in regional steel demand Subscription Required

8 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Middle East and North Africa consumption expected to rise to 6.6 per cent in 2015

GCC polymers exports

Kuwait revives Olefins 3 plans Subscription Required

8 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Multibillion-dollar petrochemicals project sees new momentum

Petrochemicals plant

Ghantoot to invest in $700m fertiliser plant in Duqm Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Abu Dhabi group says Oman project will include carbon-capture facility

Petchems

Egypt to invest $14bn in refining and petrochemicals Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Oil Minister says plan includes $1.9bn investment in ETHYDCO

Qatar puts Al-Sejeel petrochemicals plant on hold

Qatar puts Al-Sejeel petrochemicals plant on hold Subscription Required

24 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Joint venture partners to look at alternative plans that could give higher yields

petrochemicals

Egypt’s Ain Sokhna ammonium nitrate plant to go online Subscription Required

24 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Ain Sokhna plant is one of two Carbon Holdings facilities expected to start production in coming months

Instability in fertiliser-producing regions such as Ukraine and North Africa is preventing overcapacity in the market from driving down prices

Political instability keeping fertiliser prices stable Subscription Required

18 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

North Africa and Ukraine unrest preventing global oversupply dampening market

Phosphate fertiliser

GCC fertiliser output to grow by 50 per cent by 2018 Subscription Required

17 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

GPCA forecasts output to surge as capacity is added over next five years

fertilisers

KBR wins Algerian fertiliser contract Subscription Required

17 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Fertial awards US engineering firm design contract to overhaul ammonia plants

Plant

Jordan signs fertiliser deal with Chinese group Subscription Required

17 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

State mining group plans to build $350m phosphates plant in Aqaba

Petrochemicals

Tahrir complex will go ahead with or without EXIM Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Carbon Holdings says its $5bn project in Egypt will continue if US EXIM Bank is unwound

Emirates Flight Catering is evaluating bids from companies for the contract to build the third phase of its flight catering facilities at Dubai International airport

Emirates Flight Catering evaluates bids Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Contractors are competing to build third phase of facilities at Dubai International airport

Maaden is expected to make a decision by the end of September on the last two remaining technical packages for its $7bn phosphates city at Waad al-Shamal

Maaden to award remaining Waad al-Shamal packages Subscription Required

9 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Two contracts still under evaluation after initial bids were too high

Comment

Oil-to-chemicals offers solution on an epic scale

Oil-to-chemicals offers solution on an epic scale

9 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

New petrochemicals venture could provide jobs and insulation from oil shocks for the whole region

Kuwait Olefins 3 integration adds uncertainty to New Refinery Project

Olefins 3 integration adds uncertainty to New Refinery Project

9 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Project merger sparks concerns about further delays

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

2 October 2014 | By James Gavin

Kingdom’s discomfort is clearly evident

Qatar gas

Al-Sejeel just a blip in Qatar's grand plan

25 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Doha has a reputation for spending money on projects it believes in

Fertiliser production facility

Fertiliser industry facing tough times

18 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Global overcapacity could mean lower margins for expanding GCC industry

Yanbu petrochemicals

The expansion challenge for Farabi

11 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Building a petrochemicals plant is always difficult, but Farabi faces doing so without state ownership

Ras Laffan, Qatar

Qatar’s return to spending Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Doha is keen to both strengthen its gas operations as well as diversify its hydrocarbons sector

Mining

Morocco’s chance to lead the pack Subscription Required

7 August 2014

With the right management from Rabat, Morocco can become a global phosphates superpower

Analysis

Nationals in petrochemicals workforce

GCC chemicals industry creating local jobs with varied success Subscription Required

14 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Industry group says almost 150,000 people directly employed in regional chemicals sector

Illustration of Basil el-Baz

Basil el-Baz, chairman and CEO of Carbon Holdings Subscription Required

1 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Basil el-Baz believes Egypt can compete with the US and Saudi Arabia when it comes to world-class petrochemicals facilities

Selected GCC industrial EPC awards

GCC hits slump in non-oil industrial spending Subscription Required

1 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Contract spending on industrial projects has dropped for four years with only $1.5bn awarded to date in 2014

Construction equipment

Construction surge boosts Saudi Arabia's equipment sales Subscription Required

29 June 2014 | By Jeff Florian

Construction equipment suppliers respond to increase in demand as rising government expenditures bolster the kingdom’s construction market

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