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No Ethylene Margins Peak In 2016


By John Richardson

FORECASTS of European capacity closures and project delays and cancellations have led some financial analysts to the conclusion that there will be a peak in ethylene margins from 2016 onwards.

This will provide a few years …

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Don’t Underestimate The Middle East


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By John Richardson

THE theme of last week’s Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) conference in Dubai was “Moving Downstream, Creating Added Value and Sustainable Growth”.

There is a huge effort underway in …

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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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Polyolefins Supply Surge Warning – Yet Again

By John Richardson

A GREAT deal more polyolefins supply is expected to hit the Asian markets over the next few months resulting in what two chemicals analysts tell the blog will be depressed margins up until March next year.

After …

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Iran Sanctions Lead To Illegal Shipments Claim

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By John Richardson

AN allegation has been made that traders could be changing bills of lading on cargoes of a certain liquids chemical being shipped out of Iran in an effort to get round tougher …

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Long-term Shift In LPG Cracking Economics


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By John Richardson

WHEN my fellow blogger Malini Hariharan once asked a particularly unhelpful individual who used to track polyethylene (PE) markets what was going on, his only response was “conditions are volatile”.…

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Diminishing Returns From Middle East Projects

Downtown Riyadh



By John Richardson

As my fellow blogger Malini Hariharan wrote last week “the projects environment in the Middle East has irrevocably changed” and with it the rather glib and outdated assumption still being frequently made that …

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ChemaWEyaat shifting to a new site?

By Malini Hariharan

One more Middle East project appears to be on the move.

Abu Dhabi’s ChemaWEyaat is reportedly shifting its 1.5m tonnes/year cracker and derivatives project from the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone in Taweelah, to Ruwais in the …

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Dealing With The Middle East Logistics Challenge

Singapore’s container port



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By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

A big challenge facing many companies that have built large polymer plants that are located far from key markets is how to move product most efficiently.…

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“Middle East To Control Basic Chems In 3-5 Years”

Abu Dhabi ahead in the race?

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By John Richardson

The global basic chemicals industry is likely to end up under the dominant control of the Middle East, and possibly Asia, within the next 3-5 years, a …

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