China’s Data Quandary: Time To Take Up Golf?

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By John Richardson

Carrying on with our theme of just how difficult it is to get reliable information out of China, we heard of an overseas speciality chemicals producer seeking reliable data on growth prospects for a particular province.

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The latest on Mab Ta Phut

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By Malini Hariharan

There is some good news for chemical companies affected by the Map Ta Phut crisis. The Thai cabinet will ask the Administrative Court to remove 19 projects from the list of 65 projects that had been ordered …

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Philippines cracker – revival of an epic saga

By Malini Hariharan

Some projects never die.

JG Summit has been planning a cracker since 1995 but has always had problems in securing funding. The project was revived in 2005 even as questions were raised about its viability.

It would …

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China PO demand will continue to expand but slower than capacity

By John Richardson

China’s capacity to produce polyethylene and polypropylene will expand at a double-digit pace next year, while demand growth is expected to ease, says Longston Li, analyst at Shanghai-based CBI.

CBI expects China’s polyethylene (PE) capacity would jump …

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Concerned about the Asean FTA? There’s not much you can do about it.

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The implementation of a zero-tariff regime in Asean from 1 Jauary 2010 has raised concerns among polymer producers in Indonesia and the Philippines about intense competition from Singapore and Thailand leading to a erosion in market shares.

Producers from these …

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Map Ta Phut work stops but no clarity on when crisis will be resolved.

By Malini Hariharan

Companies executing projects at Map Ta Phut in Thailand have finally received a notice from the government to stop construction work. The notice comes after the Thai Supreme court’s ruling in early December to suspend 65 projects …

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Qatar says there will be one more cracker

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By Malini Hariharan

Qatar has reconfirmed its commitment to build more petrochemical plants including a new worldscale cracker.

At a ceremony to mark the start of construction of Qapco’s new ldPE project, the deputy premier and minister of energy and …

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ExxonMobil Gas Buy Supports “Fuel Of The Future” Argument

 

By John Richardson

ExxonMobil’s purchase of XTO Energy for US$41bn seems to support the widely-held view that natural gas is the fuel for the future.

XTO specialises in the technology necessary to exploit shale gas and other hard-to-get-at unconventional …

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LyondellBasell court hearing deferred to 12 Jan

Yesterday’s crucial court hearing to determine whether LyondellBasell would have until 6 September 2010 to solicit votes for its reorganization plan has been adjourned to 12 January.
It means some more waiting for Reliance Industries which is said to be …

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Recycling Dip Boosts China By 8-10 Percentage Points

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It can be a dirty business….

Source of picture: www.China-environmental-news-blogspot.com

 

By John Richardson

THE sharp drop in plastics recycling in China has added 8-10 percentage points to virgin polyolefin demand growth in 2009, estimates a major Asian producer.…

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