Tag Archives | LLDPE

HDPE-LLDPE spread expands

By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

The spread between high-density polyethylene (HDPE) film grade and linear-low density PE (LLDPE) prices in Asia has steadily widened over the last five months to hit a high of $110/tonne, raising questions on how …

Continue Reading

India petchem projects update

By Malini Hariharan

India’s major petrochemical projects are inching forward very slowly and the blog will not be surprised if there are more delays along the way.

Reliance has yet to kick start its 1.4-1.6m tonnes/year cracker project adjacent to …

Continue Reading

PE Market Weakness Spreads To US

By Malini Hariharan

After Europe, the US polyethylene (PE) market has started showing increasing signs of weakness. Spot offers have rapidly fallen putting downward pressure on June contracts that are currently under negotiation. Producers may have no choice but to …

Continue Reading

Metallocene action from Chinaplas

By Malini Hariharan

The fight for the metallocene market is heating up with South Korean producers increasingly looking at getting a share of this attractive market.

SK Corp confirmed plans to build a new metallocene linear-low density polyethylene (MLLDPE) plant …

Continue Reading

Japan Disaster: Plants and markets update

By Malini Hariharan

Japan’s benzene supply is expected to drop by 10% following plant shutdowns and diversion of product for gasoline blending, reports my colleague Mahua Chakravarty.

This works out to about 40,000 tonnes/month, which is lower than the initial …

Continue Reading
Screen shot 2011-02-21 at 8.00.51 AM.png

Weak demand haunts China PE markets

By John Richardson

IS China’s polyethylene (PE) market going through a temporary lull or are we seeing a sea change in conditions that could spell problems for the rest of this year? This was the question, to paraphrase Hamlet, facing …

Continue Reading
calculator.jpg

Polyolefin numbers look good

By Malini Hariharan

Pic source: www.brandft.co.uk

The blog is in undertaking the difficult task of collecting demand numbers for polyolefins across major Asian markets. Preliminary estimates show that demand growth has been quite healthy in the two major markets – …

Continue Reading
qapco_general_1.jpg

Qapco studies expansion and Echem looks to Sabic

By Malini Hariharan

Investment activity is picking up in Qatar. After Total, Shell and ExxonMobil confirmed their interest in new projects, Qatar Petrochemical Co (QAPCO) is talking on expanding its cracker.

The company is working on expanding its 720,000 tonne/year …

Continue Reading
dalian.jpg

Dalian offers hope …but naphtha continues to climb

By Malini Hariharan

The good news for polyolefin producers is that prices in China are inching up supported by an upward movement in the key linear low-density polyethylene (lldPE) futures contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE).

The arbitrage window …

Continue Reading
090211.jpg

Delays at yet another cracker project

By Malini Hariharan

The blog is hearing about fresh delays at ONGC Petro-Additions Ltd’s (OPaL) cracker project at Dahej on the west coast of India.

Conceived a few years back, the dual-feed 1.1m cracker project, based on ethane separated from …

Continue Reading