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Costly Oil Hurts US Industry

 

By John Richardson 

THE higher that oil prices go the more the US petrochemical industry’s margins have expanded.

Petrochemical prices are oil-driven and, therefore, have to go higher as crude becomes more expensive, whereas the cost of shale gas-based ethane …

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China And Inflation

By John Richardson

MUCH excitement heralded the announcement that February inflation in China had fallen to a 20-month low of 3.2 percent – well within the government’s annualised target of 4 percent.

This led to the belief that the government would …

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China Refining: Where Is It Heading?

By Malini Hariharan

Yesterday’s post talked about refining capacity additions in China and India over the next few of years and how this will contribute to weak refining margins across the region.

The blog obtained a preview of a presentation …

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China’s methanol economy

By Malini Hariharan

China is well set to take on an even larger role in the global methanol industry. The country already accounts for a little over 40% of demand and its share is set to expand rapidly in the …

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China Economic Hype And Crude Oil

Let’s catch the bus from now on….

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By John Richardson

THE blog has long been worried about the difficulty, probably the impossibility, of accurately measuring real Chinese growth.

And it gets harder as the country …

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Aromatics get complicated

By Malini Hariharan

Asian aromatics markets are getting increasingly hard to read not merely because of volatile crude prices.

Demand, usually strong at this time of the year, has so far failed to materialise. The US gasoline season has started …

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Refinery Profit Squeeze Threat To Petchems

“Any Old Iron?”

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By John Richardson

A LONG-TERM shift in refinery economics is posing a major threat to petrochemical margins – along with the delayed supply crisis that’s likely to hit the industry at some …

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Should Indonesia Add Capacity?

 

 

 

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WESTERNERS can often by unbelievably patronising about Asia’s efforts to climb up the economic self-sufficiency ladder.

“South Korea has no business being in petrochemicals,” said a very annoying US industry executive many …

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Filled Up With Faith

Only in America, surely.

If I had made this up you wouldn’t have believed me. Rocky Twyman (see picture above), Founder of the Pray For The Pump Movement, and his pals have been touring the US asking the big guy …

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History will surely repeat itself

The mood at the recent NPRA International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, Texas, was mixed, despite all the economic gloom.

Some producers said they were still making money – especially those selling into manufacturing sectors benefiting from a rise in …

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