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Methanol: China key to upbeat forecasts

By Malini Hariharan

When it comes to methanol its all about China. Producers are expecting another strong year if Chinese demand remains robust.

China’s appetite kept Asian spot prices in the $200-410/tonne range last year and the expectation is for …

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One more view on the cycle

By Malini Hariharan

The debate on the next petrochemical upcycle is heating up. After confident forecasts of a “supercycle” the blog is increasingly hearing more cautious assessments

Take the recent report from Credit Suisse which stresses that while conditions for …

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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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The big PTA headache

By Malini Hariharan

If sourcing PTA has been challenging this year, the bad news is that the situation is unlikely to improve for the next couple of years.

Rapid polyester capacity expansion, especially in China and India, is already outpacing …

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China fuels another price bubble

By Malini Hariharan

Speculative fever has struck the Chinese purified terephthalic acid (PTA) market with domestic prices soaring by 26% in just one week.

PTA futures trading on the Zhejiang Commodity Exchange (ZCE) was suspended for the whole day Tuesday, …

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China MTO/MTP – one more project starts

By Malini Hariharan

Shenhua Ningxia has finally produced onspec propylene at its new 470,000 tonnes/year methanol-to-propylene (MTP) plant after starting trial operations last month.

This marks the successful start of China’s first MTP project, which is also the world’s largest. …

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Don’t worry, be happy

By Malini Hariharan

The blog was able to talk to a Korean polyolefins producer who was not perturbed by the recent weakness in Chinese demand and was fairly confident of selling October volumes.

“It’s the holiday season so converters do …

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China to invest in Iran petrochemical projects?

By Malini Hariharan

The recent sanctions are making business operations difficult for Iranian petrochemical producers. And just when questions were being raised about the prospects of the country’s numerous projects, news has emerged that Iran and China are on the …

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China’s coal chemical projects take shape

By Malini Hariharan

The first of China’s major coal-based chemical projects has finally started trial operations.

ICIS news reports that methanol has been fed at Shenhua Baotou’s 600,000 tonnes/year methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plant at Baotou, in inner Mongolia. The unit can …

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Qatar Petroleum in Algerian cracker jv

By Malini Hariharan

Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) ambition to extend its global reach has taken the company to Algeria.

QP is reported to have picked up a 10% stake in the Total-Sonatrach joint-venture petrochemicals project at Arzew, Algeria.

The entry of …

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