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Europe’s Dinosaur Destiny

By John Richardson

DINOSAURS became extinct, scientists think, because of an event beyond their control – either an asteroid colliding with the earth, volcanic activity, an ice age, disease or gradual climate change.

With all due respect to the former …

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Grangemouth Viewed Through A Wider Lens

By John Richardson

THROUGH the narrow lens of stand-alone cost competitiveness, the threatened refinery and petrochemicals complex in Grangemouth, Scotland the UK, (see picture) can be viewed as having a very questionable long-term future.

For example, Britain’s refineries are viewed …

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Players In Europe And Asia Are Serious About Cheap US Ethane

A fascinating guest blog post by my colleague, Nigel Davis (see below) explores how excess US ethane supply could help raise the competitiveness of European and US crackers. Provided, of course, that there is sufficient demand.

By Nigel Davis

IT …

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Chem Q3 Results Show Flat Growth

By John Richardson

CHEMICAL company third quarter financial results point to what has been apparent at ground level for some time now – a struggle to achieve volume growth over 2010.

My colleague Nigel Davis, who edits in the Insight …

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Economic concerns dampen EPCA meeting

By Malini Hariharan

On a day when Asian stock markets tumbled on fresh worries about Europe’s debt problems and a wider economic slowdown, it was not surprising to read about the downbeat mood at this year’s European Petrochemical Association’s (EPCA) …

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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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European Petchems & Future Competitiveness

By John Richardson

Dear Reader

We hope and pray that the nuclear crisis in Japan will be resolved and that the rebuilding process following the earthquake and tsunami can be begin.

My colleagues at ICIS news are doing a comprehensive …

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Edgy And Nervous CEOs In Deep Contemplation

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By John Richardson

THE edginess and nervousness of Asian polyolefin markets we talked about last week is likely to be part of the mindset of any chemicals company CEO right now.

As …

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What’s next for PetroChina and Ineos?

By Malini Hariharan

After months of talks, PetroChina finally signed a framework agreement with Ineos for partnerships in refining, trading and petrochemicals at Grangemouth in Scotland and Lavera in France. The companies will be working towards the formation of these …

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Some more surprises for polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

The Wednesday post on this blog highlighted some of the unexpected turns that the Asian polyolefins market has been taking.

There have been more developments over the last two days that are likely to influence markets in …

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