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Aramco, Total Eye $1.2 bln Cost Cut on New Refinery

Saudi Aramco and Total want bidders for a new joint venture refinery to chop at least $1.2 billion from costs due to the global economic downturn, a spokesman for the venture said on Sunday.

"I think we will be saving more than 10 percent on the cost," Khalifa al-Lahdan, public relations head for the Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Co, told Reuters by telephone. "It will save a lot of money."

Source: Reuters

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Braskem to Restart Ethylene Unit at Triunfo Petrochemical Complex by Month's End

At the end of the month, Braskem will begin the restart process of a naphtha cracker at the Triunfo Complex in Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil. In December 2008, the chemical company shut down two naphtha cracker units, including the 720,000-metric-ton-per-year Cracker 1 at Triunfo because of a reduction in demand for ethylene products domestically and internationally.

Source: Industrial Info Resources

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Level Set for Chemical in Nonstick Products

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued the first national guidelines establishing safe levels for perfluorinated chemicals used to make nonstick and stain-resistant materials in the nation's drinking water.

The chemical, which has been linked to cancer and birth defects in animals, is a key processing agent used to make products including microwave popcorn bags and nonstick pans.

Source: The Washington Post

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Oil Shale Actions Lead to Lawsuit

Local conservation groups Wilderness Workshop and Western Colorado Congress joined 11 other environmental groups in filing two lawsuits in federal court on Friday in an effort to hinder efforts to develop oil shale.

The two lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, accuse the Bureau of Land Management of moving forward with oil shale plans without adequately gauging the environmental impacts or giving the public enough chance to protest the decision.

Source: Aspen Daily News

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Emerson Wins Contract for Automation of Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s New Dry Fork Station

Emerson Process Management announced today it has received a contract from Basin Electric Power Cooperative to digitally automate Dry Fork Station. This new, 385-MW coal-fired power plant is being built to meet the growing electricity demand of the cooperative members. Dry Fork, located in the Gillette, Wyo., area, is expected to be operational by 2011.

Source: Emerson

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