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The “Why” Behind Sinopec’s Investment Freeze

By John Richardson

SINOPEC has announced that it will halt some of its new petrochemicals investments. This could involve the postponement of up to three cracker projects with a combined ethylene capacity of 2.8m tonnes/year, according to this excellent story …

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The “Logic” Of US Ethane Exports

By John Richardson

THE search for feedstock advantage is constant, given that some 80-90% of variable costs for any petrochemicals producer consists of the cost of acquiring raw materials.

Hence, my colleague Nigel Davis, in this excellent Insight article, writes:…

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The Petronas Decision And Singapore

By John Richardson

THE blog continues to ponder the significance of the Petronas announcement that it is to go ahead with its $27bn refinery-petrochemicals project – the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) at Johor in Malaysia.

“It means that Singapore faces …

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The Petronas Decision: What It Means

By John Richardson

LAST week’s decision by Petronas to go ahead with its $27bn refinery and petrochemicals complex at Pengerang in Johor, Malaysia, tells us that:…

Nation building remains important in the petrochemicals business. This project will create huge further

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US Shale Gas: Demand Is The Thing

By John Richardson

Here is one way of looking at the shale gas industry in the US from a March Oxford Economics Report:…

While most of the companies that have made write-downs are not quitting, many players in this industry

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US Petchems Risk Getting Only One Cookie

By John Richardson

WALTER Mischel, the psychologist, carried out an experiment on four-year-old children in the late 1960s.

“They were given a choice between a small reward (one Oreo cookie), which they could have at any time, or a larger …

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What Comes After Shale Gas

By John Richardson

IF the blog had a dollar for every occasion it had heard the phrase “ the shale gas revolution” over the last five years, we would be sitting on the deck of our yacht in Monte Carlo …

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China Jobs Versus The Cost Curve

By John Richardson

ACHIEVING approval for any new petrochemicals projects in China is going to be a lot harder in the future, is a a growing view across the chemicals industry.

A senior executive with a US-based polyolefins producer, for …

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China: One “Blink” And We Are Back To Normal

By John Richardson

Temporary factors might be behind the weakness in China’s polyethylene (PE) market that has been highlighted by our colleagues at ICIS pricing. Last week, pricing in China was either flat or declined on bearish sentiment (see the …

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China: More Credit For Less Growth

By John Richardson

REMEMBER this time last year when a surge in credit availability occurred in China,  thanks to the shadow-banking system?

This helped support a pick-up in economic activity in the second half of the year, including stronger chemicals …

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