Loeb To Dow: You’re No LyondellBasell
May01

Loeb To Dow: You’re No LyondellBasell

In an investor letter, Daniel Loeb, who heads the hedge fund Third Point, a major Dow Chemical shareholder, gave his constructive critique of Dow’s strategy. Dow, he says, should be earning $2.5 billion more than it currently does. The letter was by no means scathing. He praised Dow’s share buyback program. He acknowledged that Dow has pledged more transparency, but he wants to see more. Specifically, he wants Dow to...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Apr25

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. If you’re going to catch an 800-lb shark and hope to keep it quiet, best to have a full tank of gas. [Grind TV] The powdered alcohol saga continues to confuse the Newscripts gang. [Time] It took thousands of years of chopping to design this physics-exploiting, high-tech wood ax. How many more before we don’t have to manually chop...

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The Enterprise Ethane Terminal Is Quite Large (UPDATED)
Apr24

The Enterprise Ethane Terminal Is Quite Large (UPDATED)

As you may have heard, Enterprise Products Partners plans to build an ethane export terminal in Texas. It will have a capacity of 240,000 barrels of ethane per day. Let’s convert that number from the oil perspective into the petrochemical one. According to John Stekla, formally the olefins guru at IHS and now with Williams Cos., 1 million metric tons of ethylene production consumes about 63,000 barrels per day of ethane. So that...

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Updated: Louisiana Still Backs Project Planned By Russia’s EuroChem
Apr18

Updated: Louisiana Still Backs Project Planned By Russia’s EuroChem

Back in July 2013, the Russian fertilizer maker EuroChem, in a joint press release with Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, announced it was planning to build a $1.5 billion ammonia and urea complex in Louisiana. At the time, the announcement was just one in a long line of chemical and fertilizer projects meant to take advantage of shale. The project seemed plausible enough. There have been plenty of foreign companies planning large U.S....

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Amusing News Aliquots
Apr17

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai and Bethany Halford. Veggie view: MRI of broccoli. Credit: Inside Insides via OffBeat Finally, the all-important medical techniques being used to create awesome Internet posts. Observe: MRIs of fruits and vegetables. [OffBeat] How chemists help Cadbury create those crazy crème eggs and other Easter goodies. [Guardian] Bad news, nappers. Not only are you missing out...

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Chemical safety tidbits and papers, from OPRD
Apr09

Chemical safety tidbits and papers, from OPRD

A tweet from Chemjobber that Organic Process Research & Development editor Trevor Laird is retiring at the end of the year made me realize that I forgot to highlight OPRD’s annual “Safety of Chemical Processes” section at the end of last year. Making up for the omission: Laird’s editorial: “There is a long way to go to educate and train to a high standard all chemists working in laboratories and...

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