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Petchems And Tomorow’s OPEC Meeting

By John Richardson

THE next OPEC meeting – which takes place in Ecuador this Saturday (11 December) – is crucial for petrochemicals for two reasons.

Firstly, the crude market has turned bullish recently as a result of the early onset …

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India PE in a tight spot

By Malini Hariharan

It is not just China where polyethylene (PE) producers face problems.

Indian producers have been struggling to place volumes as huge imports during the last couple of months have saturated the domestic market.

PE import volumes were …

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December Polyolefin Price Rises Flounder

“I am so happy to be supporting polyethylene film pricing”….

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By John Richardson

IT looks as if attempts by polyolefin producers to raise prices for December deliveries have, as we …

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Delays at yet another cracker project

By Malini Hariharan

The blog is hearing about fresh delays at ONGC Petro-Additions Ltd’s (OPaL) cracker project at Dahej on the west coast of India.

Conceived a few years back, the dual-feed 1.1m cracker project, based on ethane separated from …

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The Strange Story of China Rate Cuts & Emissions

By John Richardson

A rumour emerged a few weeks ago that Sinopec would be required by the government to cut its operating rates in order to either or both help China achieve its 11th Five-Year Plan emissions targets and/or increase …

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December Polyolefin Price-Rise Bid Will Fail

By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan in Shanghai

A TWO-TIER China polyolefin market had developed in China over the last couple of years – but the $64,000 question right now is: At which of these two levels will most business …

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Saudi pressure fails to work

By Malini Hariharan

The polypropylene (PP) anti-dumping investigation that Indian producers had initiated against exporters from Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Oman has finally drawn to a close.

The Finance Ministry confirmed anti-dumping duties (ADD) late yesterday, just a day before …

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Chemicals And Polymer Prices Behave As We Predicted

By John Richardson

AS the blog had anticipated would happen, there were sharp retreats in some chemicals and polymers pricing late last week on the steep declines in equity and crude prices.

Polyethylene (PE) fell by $70-130/tonne, according to our colleagues …

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Oversupply In Petchems Still On The Way

Perhaps not just yet….

By John Richardson

COULD it be that some chemicals industry players and observers, in the great galloping rush to join the supercycle stampede, have got ahead of themselves in predicting that we are already through the …

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Petchem Pricing Faces Big Declines

By John Richardson

THE wheels have started to come off the wagon – as we have been warning about over the past week or so – as a result of a broad sell-off in equities and commodities.

Inflation concerns in China and …

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