Archive | September, 2011

China Tries To Transform Itself

By John Richardson

CAN China succeed in transforming its economy from one which is over-reliant on exports to one where domestic consumption is a much bigger driver of growth?

And how long will this process take and in the interim, …

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Constant Search For Feedstock Advantage

By John Richardson

AROUND $6bn worth of proposed petrochemical investments in Kazakhstan – the giant central Asian country with abundant oil and gas reserves – once again confirms the three most important factors for success: Feedstock, feedstock and feedstock.

“The …

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China looks for LPG

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been trying to get more information on what’s driving Chinese interest in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-based petrochemical projects.

Plans for eight propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plants have already been announced and more could be in …

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Is China getting serious?

By Malini Hariharan

The Chinese government’s position on environmental safety has always been difficult to read. The official position for the last few years has been to reduce pollution by closing down old factories and forcing companies to invest in …

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China H2 GDP Growth Only 5%

By John Richardson

CHINA’S economy would only expand by 5% in H2 of this year and in the first half of 2012 on an annualised basis, said Diana Choyleva, a Hong Kong-based economist for Lombard Street Research.

This was the result of credit tightening as …

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When I’m 64

Will you still need me? Will you still feed me? The Beatles asked the right questions back in 1967, when singing ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ on their iconic Sergeant Pepper album.

What would happen to the Western BabyBoomers when they became …

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A Dramatic Difference In Mood

By John Richardson

THE big difference in the mood at the ground level of certain parts of the petrochemicals industry compared with that of company board members and investors was thrown into further stark relief earlier this week.

As we …

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Speculation Drives China Methanol

By Malini Hariharan

Methanol continues to be an exception to the general weakness seen in Asian petrochemical markets.

Spot prices have crossed $410/tonne in the important China market and could remain firm for the rest of the year. Prices have …

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Saudi gas shortage and Iran gas price hikes

By Malini Hariharan

The gas shortage in the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, has been well documented with the situation expected to ease in the longer term once investments in new processing plants have been completed.

But in a recent …

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The Fear Factor Dominates

By John Richardson

EVERYWHERE you turn it is bad as fear over the future dominates the mood of polyolefin producers and buyers.

Aversion to risk seems to have increased because of the concern that this could be September 2008 all …

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