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Coal-To-Chemicals Funding Clampdown

By John Richardson

Coal-to-chemicals is one of nine major industrial sectors that the China Banking Regulatory Commission has warned is blighted with overcapacity and other risks related to what it calls, rather disingenuously, “the economic cycle”.

Thus, the commission has …

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Feedstock Assumptions A Risk

By John Richardson

THE feedstock landscape can change very rapidly as the shale-gas revolution amply demonstrates.

But the assumption, right now, is that the landscape will not undergo any further radical changes. As a result, as much as 7.65m tonne/year …

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Butadiene Oversupply Threat

By John Richardson

THERE is a lot of talk at the moment about on-purpose butadiene, via the butane dehydrogenation process, because of the recent extreme market tightness .

The tightness is the result of a shift to lighter cracker feedstocks …

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China’s Shale Gas Potential

By John Richardson

THE shale-gas revolution, which, of course, is already well underway in the US, could also have major implications for petrochemicals in China.

China has 1,275 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale-gas reserves, according to the Energy Information …

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China Coal-to-Chems Challenges

By John Richardson

CHINA’s coal reserves will last only another 38 years at their present rate of extraction, according to Kai Pflug, CEO of Shanghai-based consultancy, Management Consulting – Chemicals, in this article from ICIS Chemical Business.

This suggests that …

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US Petchems: The Bigger Picture

By John Richardson

Access to cheap feedstock, access to cheap feedstock and access to cheap feedstock might seem like the three most-important elements to any petrochemicals strategy.

Thus, for many in the US, adding capacity based on abundant and therefore …

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APIC Delegates Focus On Capacity

By John Richardson

THE article of faith publicly expressed at last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Fukuoka, Japan, was that the current problems with demand in China and India were only temporary.

Discussions the blog held were packed …

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Balancing economics with the environment

Recent comments by An Qiyuan, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee for Shaanxi, warned of the environment and social catastrophe facing the northwestern province of China because of a shortage of water.
He was referring to the diversion …

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Life gets more complicated for methanol

In the good or maybe the bad old days depending on your standpoint, methanol was a fairly straightforward product.

You had chemicals demand and that was more or less it. But as the extended analysis below explains, chemical producers who …

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How clean are coal-to-liquids? Does it really matter?

Paul Hodges, in his excellent chemicals and the economy blog, talks about the recent Shenhua Energy listing on the Shanghai stock exchange and how it shares jumped by 93% following the IPO.
Now it has ample cash to pursue its …

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