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Shell to Build a new Petrochemicals Complex in Pennsylvania


Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC (Shell) has taken the fi nal investment decision to build a major petrochemical complex, comprising an ethylene cracker with polyethylene derivatives unit, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Main construction will start in approximately 18 months, with commercial production expected to begin early in the next decade.


The complex will use low-cost ethane from shale gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica basins to produce 1.6 million tonnes of polyethylene per year. Polyethylene is used in many products, from food packaging and containers to automotive components.


The facility will be built on the banks of the Ohio River in Potter Township, Beaver County, about 30 miles north-west of Pittsburgh. As a result of its close proximity to gas feedstock, the complex, and its customers, will benefi t from shorter and more dependable supply chains, compared to supply from the Gulf Coast. The location is also ideal because more than 70% of North American polyethylene customers are within a 700- mile radius of Pittsburgh.


The project will bring new growth and jobs to the region, with up to 6,000 construction workers involved in building the new facility, and an expected 600 permanent employees when completed.


“Shell Chemicals has recently announced fi nal investment decisions to expand alpha olefi ns production at our Geismar site in Louisiana and, with our partner CNOOC in China, to add a world-scale ethylene cracker with derivative units to our existing complex there,” said Graham van’t Hoff, Executive Vice President for Royal Dutch Shell plc’s global Chemicals business. “This third announcement demonstrates the growth of Shell in chemicals and strengthens our competitive advantage.”


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Over 1,200 Exhibits on Show in Munich


During four days in May a total of 1,244 exhibitors from 40 countries presented their product innovations including a number of world premieres to some 35,000 visitors at analytica in Munich. There was a considerable increase it the share of exhibitors and visitors from abroad. As a result, analytica’s leading position as the world’s most important trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology remains unsurpassed.


Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München, sums things up: “Thanks to presentations of several world premieres in particular, analytica demonstrated that it is number one and therefore the most important driving force behind innovations in industry and research.” Siegbert Holtermüller, Chairman of the Technical Advisory Board for analytica and Managing Director at Olympus, confirmed the fair’s character as a leading exhibition: “The industry needs analytica to present its innovations to an international audience and discuss ongoing developments.”


The Gulf Coast Conference 2016


The Gulf Coast Conference is a non-profi t organisation oriented toward the education and advancement of knowledge of Chemical Analysis Technology associated with the Petrochemical, Refi ning, and Environmental fi elds, and will forward this goal through annual technical meetings, regular communications, and training courses focused on these fi elds.


Attendees are asked to note the change in venue to The George R Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de Las Americas, Houston, Texas, 77010.


A comprehensive programme of presentations will be included in the proceedngs. Presentations will include talks on ‘Transferring Routine Lab GC


Analysis to Automatic On-Line Measurement’ and ‘Determination of Trace Sulphur by ASTM D5453 under the EPA Protocol 40 CFR Part 80. D. Section 80.47_A PBMS approach for TIER III Gasoline.’


The itinerary for the show will be as follows - Exhibits: Tuesday - Wednesday, Oct 11-12, 2016, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lunch: Tuesday Lunch, October 11th, 2016, Exhibit Hall, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM Wednesday Lunch, October 12th, 2016, Exhibit Hall, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM New Product Showcase: Tuesday-Wednesday, Exhibit Hall, Noon - 1:30 PM


20th Annual GCC Gulf Golf Classic, Monday, October 10th, 2016, Wildcat Golf Club, 12000 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77045, 11:00 AM Lunch//12:00 PM Shotgun Start GCC Golf Classic Awards Night: Wildcat Golf Club, Monday, October 10th, 2016, 5:00 - 8:00 PM Rain or Shine Vendor Meeting: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, Upstairs Meeting Room TBD, 5:00 PM


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The euphoric atmosphere at the fair was the result of warm weather and, above all, full halls and crowded stands—a clear sign that the industry is doing well. Mathis Kuchejda, Chairman of the SPECTARIS Trade Association for Analytical, Bio- and Laboratory Technology, feels that the industry’s main growth opportunities lie in increasingly complex regulatory requirements as well as the networking and automation of laboratory processes and sample preparation, not least of all due to increasing globalization in sectors such as food safety. Growth is also being generated by recent developments in the health-care sector such as in-vitro diagnostics. For 2016, the trade association expects the German industry’s domestic sales to improve, increasing by 6.5 percent to approximately 3.75 billion euros.


Approximately 35,000 visitors, 40 percent of whom came from abroad, attended analytica 2016. The countries with the largest contingents of visitors were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain and the United States (in that order). There were significant increases in the number of visitors from countries including Great Britain, Iran, Thailand and Turkey.


According to a survey by the market research institute Gelszus Messe-Marktforschung, visitors were extremely satisfied with the outcome of the fair: 99% gave the exhibition a rating of good to excellent. Nearly 60 percent also feel that analytica is increasing in significance.


A total of 1,244 companies from 40 countries - a 6.5% increase over the record-breaking results from 2014 (1,168) - participated in analytica. Above all, that growth was due to an increase in international exhibitors, which rose four percent to a total share of 44%. Besides Germany, the countries with the largest contingents of exhibitors were China, the United States and Great Britain.


The scientific highlight of the fair was the three-day analytica conference. A total of 1,839 visitors - an increase of 12% over 2014 (1,638) - filled the rooms of the ICM - Internationales Congress Center München to capacity.


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Prof. Marion Thevis from German Sport University in Cologne: “The analytica conference is extremely important. It promotes an international exchange and allows us to meet the manufacturers of analysis devices that are important to our work. After all, progress in this area is the only thing that allows us to offer modern and adequate test methods.”


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