22 December 2014. Over 40,000 people have been displaced after heavy rains triggered floods across three Sri Lankan provinces, local officials say.
22 December 2014. Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages that are home to thousands in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left.
22 December 2014. The United Nations General Assembly demanded Israel to pay Lebanon $850 million for severe environmental damage caused by Israeli airstrikes during the Second Lebanon War of 2006. The media source notes that the Assembly passed the resolution by 170 votes to six, with three abstentions.
22 December 2014. Euromecc Srl has completed the installation of a new storage and distribution terminal at the port of Catania, Sicily, for cement distributor Cata Beton.
INTERNATIONAL CEMENT REVIEW
22 December 2014. N.V. Bekaert S.A. has completed its acquisition of steel cord plants in Brazil, Italy and Romania from Pirelli Tyre S.p.A., but deals for cord plants in Turkey and China still await final approval from regulatory bodies in those countries, the companies said.
22 December 2014. The world’s largest canned seafood company is getting even bigger. Bumble Bee, which is based in San Diego, is the largest canned seafood producer in North America. Its brands also include Brunswick and Sweet Sue.
NEW YORK TIMES
22 December 2014. The family-owned company Fripa - Papierfabrik Albert Friedrich KG has commissioned Voith with the delivery of the new PM 7 production line for its Miltenberg location in Germany.
21 December 2014. Global funds for India’s aggressive plan to install “ultra mega solar power plants” have begun to flow with the World Bank ready to support a 750 MW power plant, which is likely to become the largest solar power plant in the world. The project would require a total investment of about ₹8,000 crore ($1.3 billion).
21 December 2014.
Argentina - Fossil Fuels Energy (53 new facilities)
21 December 2014. Energy-poor Turkey stands to benefit from Moscow’s surprise decision to drop the $45-billion South Stream natural gas pipeline project, analysts say.
21 December 2014. Coal has had a tumultuous 12 months but will 2015 be any better?. Coal prices declined steadily in the first months of 2014 in response to a combination of in-creased supply and lower import demand from China.
21 December 2014. The mothballed refinery on St. Croix will stay closed after the U.S. Virgin Island’s Legislature voted overwhelmingly against letting a new owner take over the plant. Atlantic Basin Refining Inc. hoped to revive the refinery, saying it could run the plant efficiently on light, sweet oil pumped in the U.S. The refinery was closed in 2012 by its current owner, Hovensa LLC, which used it to turn heavy crude-oil from Venezuela into gasoline, diesel and other fuels.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
At industryabout.com: Hovensa - Saint Croix Oil Refinery (Shutdown)
21 December 2014. Ag Processing Inc. (AGP) announced Dec. 19 that its Board of Directors approved plans for the construction of a soybean oil refinery at its Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, facility.
21 December 2014. The municipality of Viana, one of Luanda's most heavily populated, witnessed this year its industrial estate growing into the country's most dynamic hub, following the inauguration and commissioning of new plants, both in the so-called Special Economic Zone (ZEE) and in its Development Growth Point.
At industryabout.com: CIF - Bom Jesus Cement Plant
21 December 2014. The 480,000-square-foot Ocean Spray bottling plant in Bordentown that closed earlier this year after 71 years has been sold to a developer that plans to renovate the factory for new businesses like a supermarket and microbrewery.
At industryabout.com: Ocean Spray - Bordentown Fruit Juice Plant (Shutdown)
21 December 2014. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Michigan Strategic Fund actions to support construction of a new Clemens Food Group pork processing operation in Coldwater Township, a project that is expected to generate $255.7 million in total capital investment and bring 810 new jobs to Michigan.
WISCONSIN AG CONNECTION
21 December 2014. Portugal-based Portucel S.A. has announced plans to build a 460,000-ton-per-year pellet plant in Greenwood County, South Carolina. Construction on the $110 million project is expected to begin in early 2015, with operations commencing in the third quarter of 2016.
20 December 2014. NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered more than 950 confirmed planets orbiting distant stars. Planets with a known size and orbit are shown below, including Kepler 186f, an Earth-size planet in the habitable zone.
NEW YORK TIMES
20 December 2014. Abengoa has reported progress on its third solar power project under South Africa’s ambitious Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement program.
20 December 2014. A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government on Friday. Fisheries, tribal and environmental groups in Southeast Alaska oppose development, saying the mine would pollute those rivers and harm salmon and those who eat them.
ALASKA PUBLIC MEDIA
- Oil price: North Sea oil fields 'close to collapse'
- Peru's Gloria acquires control of Soboce cement plant (Bolivia)
- Grupo Bimbo to acquire Saputo Bakery (Canada)
- Interfor purchases four U.S. sawmills
- Wiki Co-Founder Creates ‘Wikipedia for News’ to Fight Bias in the Media
- Industrial Card Updates. Grain Industry in Canada
- Vanderbilt University power plant is now coal-free (USA)
- Scientists befuddled by rock containing 30,000 diamonds (Russia)
- IOC wraps study for petrochemical plant at Paradip (India)
- Rumaila to Increase Production by 50 Percent by the End of the Decade (Iraq)