China coal-based MEG moves ahead

By Malini Hariharan

China’s second coal-based monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant is due to start in the second half of 2012, reports ICIS news.

The plant, located in Hebi, Henan province, will have a capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year and will be …

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Middle East looks overseas for growth

By Malini Hariharan

The US shale gas buzz is now drawing Middle East companies with Sabic’s CEO revealing yesterday that the company is considering investing in a US cracker.

Sabic would pursue the US cracker on its own or with …

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US shale gas buzz in the Middle East

By Malini Hariharan

The US shale gas advantage is a recurring theme at this year’s GPCA forum with companies giving more details about their expansion plans.

Chevron Philips Chemical confirmed that it will build a 1.5m tonnes/year cracker at its …

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Middle East builds downstream

By Malini Hariharan

After years of making money in basic petrochemicals the Middle East focus has firmly shifted to downstream chemicals, a topic that is being discussed in great detail at this year’s GPCA forum being held in Dubai on …

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The Murkiest Of Outlooks

By John Richardson

LACK OF visibility over what the New Year will bring for the global chemicals industry is a key feature of just about every conversation held with industry executives at the moment.

Perfect forecasting is, of course, always impossible, but …

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China And The WTO Ten Years On

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By John Richardson

TEN years ago this weekend China officially joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and so no doubt numerous speeches have been given about all the benefits to the global economy.

Here is a somewhat more negative perspective:

*As the diagram …

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The Planning Process Gets Harder

By John Richardson

EARLIER this week we talked about the possibility that China might devalue the Yuan rather than allow it to further appreciate.

We have since been told by a senior chemicals industry source that this is exactly what …

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Relief Rallies Will Not Be Sustained

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By John Richardson

FURTHER relief rallies in petrochemical markets that occur over the next few weeks and months will not change the overall direction.

Buyers will inevitably run short of stocks down all the value chains and we thus will see …

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Yuan Devaluation Needs To Be Considered

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By John Richardson

The “beggar my neighbour” trade wars that many economists feared would erupt after the global financial crisis were delayed thanks to fiscal stimulus.

But now politicians will be under increasing pressure to erect trade barriers.

“We are …

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India Needs A New Political Direction

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Manmohan Singh compromises to the point where “policy has no direction”

Source of picture: Wikipedia

 

By John Richardson

IN A week during which the Eurozone could quite easily break-up, the influence that individual political leaders will have on shaping …

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