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Oil demand set to slip, will prices follow?

By Malini Hariharan

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has once again trimmed its oil demand forecast for 2011. And rising fears of a sustained global economic slowdown have also prompted the agency to cut the forecast for 2012.

The IEA …

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Rocky road ahead

By Malini Hariharan

Asian polyolefin producers confront yet another challenging week.

The macro environment suggests that implementing price hikes for September cargoes will be difficult. Stock markets around the world continue to be jittery with concerns about a US recession …

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Middle East Social Pressures & Gas Supply

By John Richardson

THE blog held a fascinating discussion with a very well-placed industry observer last week, further underlining some of the key challenges facing the Middle East..

These include the well-documented feedstock shortages that will result in a dearth …

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China Remains Weak On Government Tightening

By John Richardson

CHINA’S polyethylene (PE) market – a reasonable proxy we often use for the chemicals and polymer industries as a whole – remains worryingly weak, according to several traders and producers interviewed by the blog this week.

Modest …

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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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Polyolefins – A Ripple In A Teacup

By John Richardson

THIS might amount to a little more than a ripple in a teacup if the Middle East crisis brings the global economy down (as we said on Monday, crude could go to $220 a barrel if the …

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Asian C2 Muddle Reflects Wider Uncertainty

By John Richardson

ASIAN ethylene markets appear to be in a muddle over the Middle East supply picture.

Click here for a graph of the latest pricing – EhylenePrices1March2011.ppt 

A shipping industry source we spoke to recently insisted that more …

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Petchems Confront Another Lehman Bros

 

By John Richardson

THE main issue facing Asian cracker operators a couple of weeks ago was how long co-product credits would continue to compensate for a moribund China polyethylene (PE) market.

Feedstock cost is now the biggest immediate worry. A …

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