Asia Resurgent On Refinery Integration

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By John Richardson

A FASCINATING theme to emerge from last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Mumbai was a growing belief in refinery integration in Asia as a means of being able to …

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Bursting China’s real estate bubble…

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By Malini Hariharan

…is not going to be easy and the Chinese government’s attempts to control sky rocketing prices will not work unless there is a change in the local culture, a chemical industry executive confidently predicted at last week’s …

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Total Petrochemicals Makes Big MTO Progress

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A Chinese coalminer

 

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Over the next week, as well as keeping track of more immediat events, we will be reviewing and analysing what was said in and around last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Mumbai.…

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APIC Confidence A Dangerous Thing?

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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

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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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All mixed up in the West

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been writing about the softening in olefin and polyolefin prices in the US. But the European market presents an interesting contrast offering arbitrage opportunities for those willing to take the risk.

Operating rate reductions …

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US-Asia PP Arbirtrage Remains Uncertain

By John Richardson

THE jury is out over whether the recent decline in US propylene prices will re-open arbitrage to Asia for polypropylene (PP).

Arbitrage for ethylene has remained strong with Dow Chemical disclosing that 20% of its US production …

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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?

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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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