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Has Shell Made The Right Choices on MEG?

Looking pretty – the new Shell plant at night:

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By John Richardson

WHEN Shell Chemicals officially opened its OMEGA process 750,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant in Singapore today, it mentioned how its global production …

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Disappointment in India…speculation on Rabigh

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

The 17 Nov public hearing arranged by the Indian government at Delhi to discuss provisional anti dumping duties levied on PP imports from Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Oman …

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US Dollar Carry Trade Threat To Chemicals

Stay cool and don’t panic!

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By John Richardson

THE growth of the carry trade US dollars – leading to a sharp depreciation of the greenback and possibly of many other unintended consequences – represents …

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Qatar-Shell Sing Deal Feedstock, Investment Options

Singapore’s Jurong Island

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Qatar Petroleum International (QPI) sees Singapore as a good base for expanding in to the Far East, said CEO Nasser Al-Jaidah yesterday after the announcement of the new partnership with Shell.

QPI and Shell …

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Qatar Petroleum buys into Singapore petchems

Just picked up on the interesting news (not sure how big a deal this is) after attending one of those long interminably-long internal planning meetings. But on this occasion we at least were discussing something useful – not just the …

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A fight to the finish

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

The Indian government has announced 17 November as the date for a public hearing to discuss the provisional anti dumping duties that it had imposed in June on …

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Challenges for chemicals trading in Q4

The views of two Singapore-based chemicals traders explain some of the fundamental shifts in production, logistics and demand since the economic crisis began.

“I have done reasonable business this year and made quite good returns, but volumes are way down,” said …

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How do Asian cracker operators compete?

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Not an easy answer and not one much suited to a few paragraphs of blogging.

But here’s one thought as the competitive environment becomes a great deal more difficult due to new Middle East capacity and …

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Don’t You Wish You Could Be Yourself?

Picture: The Daily Mail

Ok, I lied – I am having trouble getting back into my petrochemicals bubble and so this post is not about polypropylene. Apologies to all those disappointed C3 H6 molecules out there.

I was sharing lunch …

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Micro-management gone too far?

“Nobody can see until the end of the month – never mind into the third quarter,” commented an olefins trader recently.

“The reason is that very senior managers are too busy micro-managing everything, from getting involved in trying to track …

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