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Oil Market Jigsaw Puzzle: Putting The Pieces Together

By John Richardson

THE data has long told us that the efficiency of the US shale oil process is constantly improving.

For instance, the above chart shows that in just in one shale-oil field in the US – the Bakken …

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China And A Breakdown In Free Trade: Scenarios For Petrochemicals

By John Richardson

MY blog post last Friday, on the threat to the petrochemicals industry of a retreat in global free trade, has gained a great deal of interest. This is good as this is an essential debate.

Today I …

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As Global Free Trade Unwinds, Where You Have Built Becomes Critical

By John Richardson

THE assumption that global free trade will continue to grow has successfully underpinned the strategy of petrochemicals producers for many years. Companies have been able to plan new capacities in just about any location secure in the …

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China’s Gasoline Export Surge Was Entirely Predictable

By John Richardson

WHEN it first became apparent earlier this year that China was aggressively expanding diesel exports, we were told not to worry as this was said to merely reflect the replacement of China’s old economy with its new …

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Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030″: What It Means

 

Demand: The New Direction for Profit

 

By John Richardson

SAUDI ARABIA’S “Vision 2030”, which was released on Monday, underlines what has been clear from government statements for a long while – that the Kingdom knows it has to …

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The Doha Oil Meeting: Were You Ahead Of The Curve?

By John Richardson

IT WAS tremendous whilst it lasted for the hedge funds and will have enabled them to make a lot of money – the ones who, of course, had the good sense to switch from long to short …

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Saudi Arabia, Refining And The Battle for Crude Market Share

By John Richardson

SAUDI ARABIA is determined to win its battle for greater market share of the global oil market, and at the same add value downstream to its hydrocarbon reserves. This is the consistent message I have picked over …

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Oil Prices 80% Likely Not To Return To Previous Levels

By John Richardson

In yesterday’s world the ongoing geopolitical tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran would have resulted in a sustained rally in oil prices. But this rally lasted barely couple of days as a result of persistently high US …

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Oil Prices: How To Avoid “Rear-View Mirror” Thinking

By John Richardson

EARLIER this year I said that crude prices in the region of $30 a barrel were perfectly possible. Now, rather belatedly I feel, Goldman Sachs and other some other analysts are waking up to this possibility, with …

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US “Swimming In Ethylene” As Global Polyethylene Problems Build

If you are interested in my take on Asian polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) prices and margins going forward 12 months, then contact me at this email address – john.richardson@icis.com. I will then provide you with details on how to …

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