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Looking for ethane? Head West

By Malini Hariharan

A problem of plenty is building up in the US where the rise of shale gas production could create problems in disposal of ethane. This may sound hard to believe but a new report by Bentek Energy …

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Adapting to a new environment

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been regularly highlighting the changes to the Middle East petrochemical environment where feedstock issues have been clouding prospects for new cracker projects and also affecting operations at existing plants.

“We are trying to figure …

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Map Ta Phut issue drags on

By Malini Hariharan

The Thai government is doing all it can to quickly resolve the Map Ta Phut crisis but full operations at PTT Chem’s new cracker is likely only in early 2011.

Feedstock ethane for the 1m tonnes/year cracker …

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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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Advantage US?

By Malini Hariharan

The advent of shale gas and a fall in natural gas prices has already altered the fortunes of US ethane-based petrochemical producers. And now a new report says that the advantage is here to stay.

The Energy …

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Yansab results reflect Saudi gas problems

By Malini Hariharan

Yansab posted a net profit Saudi Riyal (SR)502.4m ($134.0m) in the second quarter, its first full quarter of commercial operations. However, results could have been better if its plants had run at full capacity.

Analysts at NCB …

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Qatar eyes cracker capacity hike and propane cracking

By Malini Hariharan

Ras Laffan Olefins Co (RLOC) is studying an expansion of its new cracker by using propane as a feedstock.

At a recent news conference, Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla, general manager of Qatofin, the Qatar Petroleum-Total joint venture …

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Changing expectations

By Malini Hariharan

A turnaround in petrochemical fortunes in the US, as a result of falling gas prices, means that Dow Chemical is willing to wait to get the best value for its basic chemicals business.

At an earnings call …

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A view from the West

By Malini Hariharan

The Asian olefin and polyolefin markets have softened in recent weeks but the US market remains on a different track, as seen in these reports filed by my colleagues on ICIS news.

Ethylene prices are still firm …

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The changing world of gas

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has recently written about gas availability in the Middle East and upcoming changes to pricing which have big implications for the petrochemicals business.

But the global gas market is seeing wider changes and these have …

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