Archive | January, 2011

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Petronas mulls cracker at Kerteh

By Malini Hariharan

There is finally some movement at Petronas. After last month’s joint announcement with BASF on a study for a Euro1bn investment in speciality chemicals, news has emerged that the Malaysian major is also exploring the feasibility of …

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Bayer Material Science Outlines Global Strategy

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By John Richardson

SUCCESS in chemicals – whether you are into commodities or specialities – is largely about eking out maximum value from every single molecule in all the important markets.…

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Qapco studies expansion and Echem looks to Sabic

By Malini Hariharan

Investment activity is picking up in Qatar. After Total, Shell and ExxonMobil confirmed their interest in new projects, Qatar Petrochemical Co (QAPCO) is talking on expanding its cracker.

The company is working on expanding its 720,000 tonne/year …

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Saudi Petchems Blighted By Logistics

By John Richardson

ONE of the many factors behind petrochemicals supply being less than expected during 2010 has been logistics problems in Saudi Arabia.

One trader we spoke to on the sidelines of last month’s Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association …

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What’s next for PetroChina and Ineos?

By Malini Hariharan

After months of talks, PetroChina finally signed a framework agreement with Ineos for partnerships in refining, trading and petrochemicals at Grangemouth in Scotland and Lavera in France. The companies will be working towards the formation of these …

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NEW EO-Derivative Investments Planned For Singapore

 

 

 

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By John Richardson

NEW plants could be built in Singapore downstream of Shell Chemicals plans for optimising high-purity ethylene oxide (EO) production in the city state, the blog was told recently …

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Gaping Chasm Between Effective, Real Op Rates

By John Richardson

A gaping chasm has opened up over the past 18 months between nameplate capacities and effective operating rates, resulting in much greater focus on the latter.

It isn’t easy and it is getting ever-more complicated to assess …

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Dalian offers hope …but naphtha continues to climb

By Malini Hariharan

The good news for polyolefin producers is that prices in China are inching up supported by an upward movement in the key linear low-density polyethylene (lldPE) futures contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE).

The arbitrage window …

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Are you feeling the pinch?

By Malini Hariharan

With crude oil at around $88/bbl and naphtha hitting $890/tonne cfr Japan on Monday, the pressure is building up along the olefins chain.

Ethylene is trading at around $1200/tonne cfr NEA while propylene is at $1280/tonne cfr …

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