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Methanol: China key to upbeat forecasts

By Malini Hariharan

When it comes to methanol its all about China. Producers are expecting another strong year if Chinese demand remains robust.

China’s appetite kept Asian spot prices in the $200-410/tonne range last year and the expectation is for …

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Strong predictions for fibre intermediates

By Malini Hariharan

The blog is back in action and would like to wish its readers the very best for 2011.

The start of a new year is a time for forecasts. And ICIS pricing editors have been busy gauging …

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Overconfidence The Bisk Risk For 2011

 

By John Richardson

OVERCONFIDENCE is perhaps the biggest risk for 2011 as a result of sales volumes that have this year exceeded even the most wildly optimistic forecasts.

The danger is that we have yet to see the worst …

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US Shale Gas: The Truth Versus Perception

 

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By John Richardson

SINCE when has the truth mattered in the battle between environmentalists and the oil, gas and chemicals industries?

This is a game of perception on both sides as estimates of risk are …

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A Happy Festive Season To All Our Readers

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By John Richardson

THE blog will be taking a few days off this week as ’tis the season to be Merry’, regardless of what you may think is our rather cynical and often-times pessimistic view of …

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India’s plastic problems

By Malini Hariharan

A surprise court order in India earlier this month has put pressure on plastic packaging and has raised the risk of restrictions on its use in a very popular segment – cheap sachets or pouches that are …

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One more view on the cycle

By Malini Hariharan

The debate on the next petrochemical upcycle is heating up. After confident forecasts of a “supercycle” the blog is increasingly hearing more cautious assessments

Take the recent report from Credit Suisse which stresses that while conditions for …

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Will Three Still End Up As One in Qatar?

By John Richardson

SHELL Chemicals announcement that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a cracker and derivatives project in Qatar seems to have upped the ante in what could be a struggle for only one parcel of …

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A subdued end to a good year

By Malini Hariharan

Petrochemical markets, with a few exceptions, will be closing the year on a quiet note.

In polyolefins, buying activity in China has slowed down and sentiment remains weak weighed down by the Chinese government’s decision to hike …

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China Polyolefins Divorced From Fundamentals

A permanent separation?

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By John Richardson

IT IS pretty easy to predict specific events that will cause declines in polyolefins pricing in China next year thanks to the big role that macro-economics now plays in …

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