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APIC Confidence A Dangerous Thing?

Mumbai at night

 

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By John Richardson in Mumbai

POLYOLEFINS will not see a margin collapse this year due to persistently strong demand growth and continued problems with new-capacity start-ups, said numerous industry sources …

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Saudi Gas Shortage Will Last A Long Time

 

Goodbye to all of that

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By John Richardson in Mumbai for the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC)

EXISTING Saudi Arabian crackers will continue to run at less than 100% until the Kingdom’s oil …

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Qatar eyes cracker capacity hike and propane cracking

By Malini Hariharan

Ras Laffan Olefins Co (RLOC) is studying an expansion of its new cracker by using propane as a feedstock.

At a recent news conference, Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla, general manager of Qatofin, the Qatar Petroleum-Total joint venture …

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China Muddle And Confusion Continues

By John Richardson

The muddle and confusion that has characterises forecasts for Chinese chemicals demand continues – and with all this persistent uncertainty comes a great deal of nervousness about volumes in the second half of 2010.

So far so …

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China Chems Liquidity Boost To Continue?

Lots more empty ones like these?

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By John Richardson

THE dramatic increase in China’s money supply during 2009 – the result of an estimated 10 trillion Yuan increase in lending over the previous year – might …

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UK General Election: Charisma Bypass

David Cameron

Source picture: right up north

 

 

By John Richardson

Nothing to do with chemicals, but indulge me – this is a once-in-five-years event.

I really miss, in some ways, the pantomime politics of the 1980s and early …

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Greek Bonds And Chemicals

Gillian Tett: Worth Listening To

 

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By John Richardson

The excellent journalist Gillian Tett, whose book on the financial crisis – Fool’s Gold is well worth a read – again hits the nail on the …

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Singapore Value-add Chem Announcements Expected Soon

Ben van Beurden of Shell Chemicals

 

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By John Richardson

SINGAPORE looks set to soon make some further announcements on high-value investments downstream of the new Shell Eastern Petrochemical Co (SEPC) cracker.

The complex – …

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Changing expectations

By Malini Hariharan

A turnaround in petrochemical fortunes in the US, as a result of falling gas prices, means that Dow Chemical is willing to wait to get the best value for its basic chemicals business.

At an earnings call …

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Was The Chinaplas Optimism Justified?

Too good to be true?,.,,,,,

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By John Richardson

I VISITED the Chinaplas plastics exhibition in Shanghai late last month and was greeted with a wall of unremitting optimism.

Here are a few samples of …

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