The C4 challenge

By Malini Hariharan

C4 buyers are a troubled lot. Availabilty of the product is tight and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

So it was not surprising to hear that concerns about C4 supply dominated discussions at the recent …

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No escaping the squeeze

By Malini Hariharan

With naphtha crossing $1000/tonne yesterday Asian petrochemical producers reliant on this feedstock remain caught in a tight spot. Costs are continuously rising while market direction for key derivatives is uncertain.

Ethylene and propylene prices are holding firm …

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Polyolefins – A Ripple In A Teacup

By John Richardson

THIS might amount to a little more than a ripple in a teacup if the Middle East crisis brings the global economy down (as we said on Monday, crude could go to $220 a barrel if the …

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Consolidation Thai style

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By Malini Hariharan

The long-awaited merger between PTT Chem and PTT Aromatics (PTTAR) was finally announced last week.

A presentation made to financial analysts gave details on what the merged entity will look like, planned synergies and opportunities for growth.…

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Asian C2 Muddle Reflects Wider Uncertainty

By John Richardson

ASIAN ethylene markets appear to be in a muddle over the Middle East supply picture.

Click here for a graph of the latest pricing – EhylenePrices1March2011.ppt 

A shipping industry source we spoke to recently insisted that more …

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Petchems Confront Another Lehman Bros

 

By John Richardson

THE main issue facing Asian cracker operators a couple of weeks ago was how long co-product credits would continue to compensate for a moribund China polyethylene (PE) market.

Feedstock cost is now the biggest immediate worry. A …

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Lotte’s Indonesian gamble

By Malini Hariharan

South Korea’s Lotte Group, parent company of Honam Petrochemical, is making yet another bold move. After acquiring Malaysia’s Titan Chemicals last year, Lotte has set its sights on a major petrochemical project in Indonesia.

“We will start …

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India projects see more delays

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been updating the status of Indian petrochemical projects and has found that many are running behind schedule.

Reliance Industries’ mega cracker at Jamnagar has yet to get off the starting block. The company is …

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Pulled in all directions

By Malini Hariharan

Asian polyolefin producers face a difficult time with markets being pulled in different directions. Feedstock costs have steadily moved up at a time when downstream demand and price direction remains uncertain.

Political upheaval in Libya and Bahrain …

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PX: Still going strong

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By Malini Hariharan

Paraxylene (PX) markets are on a roll. Prices have risen by 20% since the beginning of the year and were assessed at around $1,620/tonne cfr Asia late last week by ICIS pricing.

One contract nomination for March …

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