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Saudi Feedstock Problems Worsen

SABIC headquarters in Riyadh

 

Source of picture: france24.com

 

By John Richardson

The days when the price of future ethane supply in Saudi Arabia – at the time called an advantaged feedstock because nobody knew what else to do …

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ExxonMobil Says Qatar C2s Still On

By John Richardson

EXXONMOBIL is insisting that its cracker and derivatives project with Qatar Petroleum is still on despite a media report to the contrary.

It certainly seems as if there are several suitors for this particular bride – perhaps …

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China’s coal chemical projects take shape

By Malini Hariharan

The first of China’s major coal-based chemical projects has finally started trial operations.

ICIS news reports that methanol has been fed at Shenhua Baotou’s 600,000 tonnes/year methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plant at Baotou, in inner Mongolia. The unit can …

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ExxonMobil Formally Out Of Qatar C2s – Report

Qatar Builds Its Future

 

Source of picture: The New York Times

 

By John Richardson

EXXONMOBIL and Qatar Petroleum have formally ended their agreement to build a $6bn petrochemical complex in Qatar, says a report by the Middle East …

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Qatar Petroleum in Algerian cracker jv

By Malini Hariharan

Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) ambition to extend its global reach has taken the company to Algeria.

QP is reported to have picked up a 10% stake in the Total-Sonatrach joint-venture petrochemicals project at Arzew, Algeria.

The entry of …

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Port congestion hits Saudi shipments

By Malini Hariharan

The blog is hearing a number of reports about delays in polymer shipments from Saudi Arabia because of port congestion. This is being attributed to a shortage of containers and labour ahead of Ramadan.

“It is now …

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Asian Polyolefins Face Two-Year Freight Squeeze

Container Freight Rates: Luck Before Brains

Source of picture: blogs.princeton.edu

 

By John Richardson

ASIA’S polyolefin industry is facing additional pressure from new Middle East capacity due to higher freight rates from the Middle East to Europe, the blog has been told.

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Kuwait plans another cracker

By Malini Hariharan

Despite doubts about availability of gas, its cost and viability of using naphtha or other feedstocks, companies from the Middle East are continuing to plan new petrochemical projects.

The latest is Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) which …

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Operating problems strike Asian polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

Just when polyolefin markets have started recovering operating issues are cropping up at plants in Asia.

ExxonMobil was forced to shut its 600,000 tonnes/year polyethylene (PE) plant in Singapore on Tuesday for two weeks due to undisclosed …

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Asia awash with aromatics

By Malini Hariharan

Excess availability of product continues to trouble Asian aromatics markets. Commissioning of new plants and reluctance to cut operating rates has resulted in a steady build up of stocks over the last few months.

Take the case …

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