India’s petchem projects dilemma

By Malini Hariharan

I have been doing my annual exercise of compiling major petrochemicals projects in India and as usual there not too many.

Making a case for investing in a cracker in India has never been easy and the …

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Thailand’s Map Ta Phut crisis – the NGO side of the story

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By Malini Hariharan

Penchom Saetang of Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (Earth) is not a typical activist vociferously denouncing companies for their environmental misdeeds. She is soft spoken and rational in her criticism of the state of affairs at …

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Good Manners More Important Than Financial Results

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Source of picture: www.theage.com.au

By John Richardson

A good friend of mine, working for a Singapore-based chemical company, recently had a discussion about a new office seating plan with her company’s human (????) resources manager.

“I have decided not to …

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Saudi Feedstock Pricing May Change Next Year

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What’s the gas?

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By John Richardson

SAUDI Arabian feedstock pricing arrangements for ethane, liquefied natural gas (LPG) and naphtha could change in 2011 – affecting the competitiveness of existing and future investments, two well-placed …

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Iran’s many problems

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By Malini Hariharan

A new problem is brewing for Iranian petrochemical producers. It appears that the government is quite keen on raising feedstock ethane prices and this issue is now under ‘hot negotiations’.

“The National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) and …

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Western Chems: Exporting Into More Domestic Trouble?

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China’s migrant workers – a risky game…

 

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By John Richardson

THIS very disturbing Op-Ed piece by Paul Krugman in the New York Times argues that the US needs to impose a 25% …

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China Re-exports Large Volumes Of PE To Latin America

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Heading for the high jump

 

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By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) market looks as if it has gone a little pear-shaped as a result of high inventory levels and buyers anticipating the long-awaited flood …

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Asian propylene pricing heading for “a crash”

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By John Richardson

PROPYLENE pricing is heading for “a crash” in Asia as a result of spot supply increasing by around 20,000 tonne/month, a senior industry source has told the blog.

Shell Chemicals will have a surplus 440,000 tonne/year of …

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Refinery closures – how many and how fast?

By Malini Hariharan

Many Asian aromatics producers are optimistic that the worst is over and a gradual improvement in global demand coupled with firm Chinese demand will help them through 2009.

There is also the expectation that a pressure on …

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Turkish Polyolefins Confront Tight Credit, China Uncertainty

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By John Richardson

THE economic crisis continues to force the global chemicals industry to think on its feet due to, among many other things, persistently tight credit in some regions.

China has also become even …

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