Dalian offers hope …but naphtha continues to climb

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By Malini Hariharan

The good news for polyolefin producers is that prices in China are inching up supported by an upward movement in the key linear low-density polyethylene (lldPE) futures contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE).

The arbitrage window …

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Are you feeling the pinch?

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By Malini Hariharan

With crude oil at around $88/bbl and naphtha hitting $890/tonne cfr Japan on Monday, the pressure is building up along the olefins chain.

Ethylene is trading at around $1200/tonne cfr NEA while propylene is at $1280/tonne cfr …

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Methanol: China key to upbeat forecasts

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By Malini Hariharan

When it comes to methanol its all about China. Producers are expecting another strong year if Chinese demand remains robust.

China’s appetite kept Asian spot prices in the $200-410/tonne range last year and the expectation is for …

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Strong predictions for fibre intermediates

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By Malini Hariharan

The blog is back in action and would like to wish its readers the very best for 2011.

The start of a new year is a time for forecasts. And ICIS pricing editors have been busy gauging …

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Overconfidence The Bisk Risk For 2011

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By John Richardson

OVERCONFIDENCE is perhaps the biggest risk for 2011 as a result of sales volumes that have this year exceeded even the most wildly optimistic forecasts.

The danger is that we have yet to see the worst …

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US Shale Gas: The Truth Versus Perception

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By John Richardson

SINCE when has the truth mattered in the battle between environmentalists and the oil, gas and chemicals industries?

This is a game of perception on both sides as estimates of risk are …

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A Happy Festive Season To All Our Readers

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By John Richardson

THE blog will be taking a few days off this week as ’tis the season to be Merry’, regardless of what you may think is our rather cynical and often-times pessimistic view of …

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India’s plastic problems

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By Malini Hariharan

A surprise court order in India earlier this month has put pressure on plastic packaging and has raised the risk of restrictions on its use in a very popular segment – cheap sachets or pouches that are …

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One more view on the cycle

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By Malini Hariharan

The debate on the next petrochemical upcycle is heating up. After confident forecasts of a “supercycle” the blog is increasingly hearing more cautious assessments

Take the recent report from Credit Suisse which stresses that while conditions for …

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Will Three Still End Up As One in Qatar?

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By John Richardson

SHELL Chemicals announcement that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a cracker and derivatives project in Qatar seems to have upped the ante in what could be a struggle for only one parcel of …

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