Yara, BASF opens $600 mn world-scale ammonia plant in Texas

Yara International ASA and BASF SE has opened a new world-scale ammonia plant in Freeport, Texas, US. The $600-million, state-of-the-art facility uses a cost-efficient and sustainable production process, based on by-product hydrogen instead of natural gas. Yara Freeport LLC is owned 68 percent by Yara and 32 percent by BASF. The plant, located at BASF’s site in Freeport, has a capacity of 750,000 metric tonnes of ammonia per year. Read more


Saudi Aramco has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (RRPCL), to jointly develop and build an integrated mega refinery and petrochemicals complex at Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. The project cost is estimated at around $44 billion. Saudi Aramco may also seek to include a strategic partner to co-invest in the mega refinery. RRPCL is a consortium of Indian oil companies which includes The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCl). Read more


With spring break only weeks away, many Americans will apply sunscreen to protect against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Now, scientists at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy have identified a new method to harvest a key ingredient responsible for making the product more environmentally friendly. By pushing the discovery to commercialization, UF researchers hope to make ‘green’ sunscreens more available, reducing dependence on oxybenzone- and octinoxate-based sunscreens. Read more


BASF SE has started up a new production line for its high-temperature resistant thermoplastic Ultrason (polyarylsulfone) at its site in Yeosu, Korea. With the new line, the global annual capacity for Ultrason will increase by 6,000 metric tonnes to 24,000 metric tonnes, serving the growing market demand worldwide. The plant in Yeosu was opened in 2014 as the first Ultrason plant in Asia. Ultrason is the tradename for BASF’s product range of polyethersulfone (Ultrason E), polysulfone (Ultrason S), and polyphenylsulfone (Ultrason P). Latest innovations include the optimized Ultrason Dimension. Read more