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China Coal-To-Olefins “A Net Water Producer”

By John Richardson

IT has become the accepted wisdom over the last few years that the coal-to-olefins (CTO) process in China consumes a lot of water.

This theory has been expressed in so many conference papers and in research papers …

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Global Petchems Industry Must Prepare For More Difficult 2015

THE direction of Asian polyethylene markets, once again, serves as a good guide for the overall global petrochemicals industry.

Producers in every region and in every sector of our industry should, therefore, take note of what follows. They must prepare …

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China Excess Phenol Capacity A New Strategic Tool

By John Richardson

STANDARD Western cost-per-tonne analysis has never really been applied in China’s petrochemicals industry – and it never will be applied.

In the past, we have seen how petrochemicals plants have often been run at operating rates of …

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What A “Low Growth World” Really Looks Like

By John Richardson

ONLY six new  US crackers would be built over the next five years because of rising construction and labour costs, said Dow Chemical’s CEO, Andrew Liveris, in an earnings conference call last week. This would be out …

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China Coal-To-Olefins: Water Not An Issue

By John Richardson

CONVENTIONAL wisdom has it that the water issue stands in the way of the growth of the coal-to-olefins (CTO) industry in China.

The process consumes a lot of water  – between 15-20 tonnes for every tonne of …

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European Political Suicide Seems Unlikely

By John Richardson

For once, we are not going to talking about demand but will instead focus only on supply.

“In all scenarios, the US captures market share away from Europe,” the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) chief economist, Kevin Swift, …

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China: When Sentiment Tells Us Something Important

By John Richardson

THE blog once asked a seasoned petrochemicals industry consultant what the price of polypropylene (PP) was.

“It depends on whether the Hong Kong traders are in a good or a bad mood this morning,” was his reply.…

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China’s Methanol Industry: Through The Looking Glass

By John Richardson

AT first glance, some of the facts relating to China’s methanol sector sound like Jabberwocky  sounded to Alice when she firs discovered the language of that name in the marvellous Lewis Carroll novel, Alice Through The Looking …

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China To Keep Polyolefins Imports Out

By John Richardson

THERE has been a lot of talk about how fully integrated coal-to-polyolefins plants in China will compete exceptionally well with naphtha crackers on a variable cost basis.

OK, in terms of capital costs, the whole coal-to-polyolefins chain …

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Australia At An Economic Crossroads

By John Richardson

THERE is no such thing as level playing field when it comes to the chemicals industry and, for that matter, probably any other industry.

China has long-subsidised many of its industries through soft loans for new projects, …

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