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China Coal-To-Olefins: Water Not An Issue

By John Richardson

CONVENTIONAL wisdom has it that the water issue stands in the way of the growth of the coal-to-olefins (CTO) industry in China.

The process consumes a lot of water  – between 15-20 tonnes for every tonne of …

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China’s Methanol Industry: Through The Looking Glass

By John Richardson

AT first glance, some of the facts relating to China’s methanol sector sound like Jabberwocky  sounded to Alice when she firs discovered the language of that name in the marvellous Lewis Carroll novel, Alice Through The Looking …

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The “Why” Behind Sinopec’s Investment Freeze

By John Richardson

SINOPEC has announced that it will halt some of its new petrochemicals investments. This could involve the postponement of up to three cracker projects with a combined ethylene capacity of 2.8m tonnes/year, according to this excellent story …

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China Jobs Versus The Cost Curve

By John Richardson

ACHIEVING approval for any new petrochemicals projects in China is going to be a lot harder in the future, is a a growing view across the chemicals industry.

A senior executive with a US-based polyolefins producer, for …

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China: The Cost of Shutting Down

By John Richardson

ONCE a petrochemicals plant is built it is pretty hard to shut it down.

This might well apply to Europe, which is why we think talk of widespread cracker and derivatives closures to make way for highly …

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China Will Do What Suits China

By John Richardson

CHINA might well be in the midst of deflation caused by overcapacity in some chemicals, and in many other industries as well, but the longer-term strategic direction of reducing dependence on imports doesn’t appear to have changed.…

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Reassessing China Petchem Projects

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John Richardson

Methanol-to-olefins (MTO) projects in China are subject to more disagreement over viability than any other group of petrochemicals investments, said HSBC in a report released last month.

HSBC, for example, takes a pretty negative view of the …

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China Coal-To-Olefins Storm In A Teacup?

 

: Source: NRELC, China Coal Research Institute, HSBC estimates

 

By John Richardson

THERE has been a lot of interest in China’s coals-to-olefins (CTO) industry, with arguments that it is a very economically viable method of production.

On paper, there …

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China Coal-to-Olefins Strong Economics

By John Richardson

THE economics of China’s coal-based olefins industry are favourable when measured on a cash cost basis in a high oil-price environment, as the slide above from the Singapore-based consultancy Methanol Market Services Asia (MMSA) illustrates.

But even …

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Total Petrochemicals Makes Big MTO Progress

A Chinese coalminer

 

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

 

Over the next week, as well as keeping track of more immediat events, we will be reviewing and analysing what was said in and around last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Mumbai.…

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