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PTT Global’s latest buy and Siam Cement’s Indonesia plan

By Malini Hariharan

There have been no headline-grabbing deals but bit by bit PTT Global Chemical is extending its business beyond Asia and entering new product areas.

Yesterday, PTT Global announced plans for a joint venture with Perstorp Holding France …

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India to export more benzene

By Malini Hariharan

Indian exports of benzene are set to rise over the next few years as new plants start up.

“India will remain in a net surplus position over the next five years and exports will continue, with [benzene] …

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Polyester still booming

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been listening to some interesting presentations on the polyester chain at the Indian Petrochem – 2011 conference in Mumbai.

The global economic slowdown does not appear to have dampened prospects for polyester demand.

“Demand …

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Latin America focused on new investments

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been scanning ICIS news reports from the 31th Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) conference in Buenos Aires to gauge the mood at the event.

Participants appear to be sanguine despite the global economic turmoil …

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China looks for LPG

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been trying to get more information on what’s driving Chinese interest in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-based petrochemical projects.

Plans for eight propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plants have already been announced and more could be in …

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Is China getting serious?

By Malini Hariharan

The Chinese government’s position on environmental safety has always been difficult to read. The official position for the last few years has been to reduce pollution by closing down old factories and forcing companies to invest in …

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Saudi gas shortage and Iran gas price hikes

By Malini Hariharan

The gas shortage in the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, has been well documented with the situation expected to ease in the longer term once investments in new processing plants have been completed.

But in a recent …

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PDH spreads in China

By Malini Hariharan

After methanol-to-propylene (MTP), Chinese companies are racing to build propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plants with eight new projects announced over the last three months.

The blog estimates that PDH projects with a total propylene capacity of 4.6m tonnes/year …

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Last chance for Taiwan petchems

By Malini Hariharan

The Taiwanese government is once again talking of removing a ban on cracker investments by Taiwanese companies on the mainland.

The country’s minister of economic affairs said late last week that the government is willing to consider …

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India petchem projects update

By Malini Hariharan

India’s major petrochemical projects are inching forward very slowly and the blog will not be surprised if there are more delays along the way.

Reliance has yet to kick start its 1.4-1.6m tonnes/year cracker project adjacent to …

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