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Marcellus shale cut down to size

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been reading with interest a recent report about the Energy Information Administration (EIA) cutting its estimate of the Marcellus shale gas reserves by 80% following a recent study by the US Geological Survey (USGS).…

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Shell Firms-up Interest in New US Capacity

By Malini Hariharan

Shell Chemicals has become the latest entrant to a steadily growing list of companies looking at new cracker investments in the US.

As we wrote about last week, Shell Chemicals told us in an interview at the …

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One more US expansion

By Malini Hariharan

The shale gas based ethane rush in the US continues with Westlake Chemical the latest to announce big expansions at its two crackers in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Each of Westlake’s two light feedstock crackers will be expanded …

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Shale gas spurs optimism but questions remain

By Malini Hariharan

The mood at this year’s International Petrochemical Conference, hosted by the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) in San Antonio,US, is quite bullish and is evident in the reports being filed by the blog’s colleagues on ICIS …

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US shale gas and petchems

By Malini Hariharan

The blog would like to share an interesting analysis in the latest issue of ICIS Chemical Business on the impact of US shale gas on petrochemical producers in the region.

Profitability has of course improved as seen …

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The C4 challenge

By Malini Hariharan

C4 buyers are a troubled lot. Availabilty of the product is tight and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

So it was not surprising to hear that concerns about C4 supply dominated discussions at the recent …

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No escaping the squeeze

By Malini Hariharan

With naphtha crossing $1000/tonne yesterday Asian petrochemical producers reliant on this feedstock remain caught in a tight spot. Costs are continuously rising while market direction for key derivatives is uncertain.

Ethylene and propylene prices are holding firm …

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Petronas mulls cracker at Kerteh

By Malini Hariharan

There is finally some movement at Petronas. After last month’s joint announcement with BASF on a study for a Euro1bn investment in speciality chemicals, news has emerged that the Malaysian major is also exploring the feasibility of …

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Finding a home for Marcellus ethane

By Malini Hariharan

A few weeks back the blog had highlighted the problems related to the disposal of ethane at the Marcellus Shale in northeast US.

Shale gas producers in the region are in a fix as ethane needs to …

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Saudi ethane price revision to be delayed?

By Malini Hariharan

The much talked about revision in Saudi ethane prices may not take place in 2012. In a recent report on the Middle East petrochemical sector analysts from Nomura expected the current price of $0.75/mmbtu to continue until …

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