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China To Now Raise Ethylene Capacity By 84% As Self-Sufficiency Drive Accelerates

By John Richardson

SINCE my last update on 18 September, our ICIS China team have discovered a further 2.4m tonnes/year of ethylene capacity being planned in China via the steam cracker process (see the updated table above, with the changes …

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Reassessing China Petchem Projects


John Richardson

Methanol-to-olefins (MTO) projects in China are subject to more disagreement over viability than any other group of petrochemicals investments, said HSBC in a report released last month.

HSBC, for example, takes a pretty negative view of the …

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Feedstock Assumptions A Risk

By John Richardson

THE feedstock landscape can change very rapidly as the shale-gas revolution amply demonstrates.

But the assumption, right now, is that the landscape will not undergo any further radical changes. As a result, as much as 7.65m tonne/year …

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Butadiene Oversupply Threat

By John Richardson

THERE is a lot of talk at the moment about on-purpose butadiene, via the butane dehydrogenation process, because of the recent extreme market tightness .

The tightness is the result of a shift to lighter cracker feedstocks …

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China Coal-to-Chems Challenges

By John Richardson

CHINA’s coal reserves will last only another 38 years at their present rate of extraction, according to Kai Pflug, CEO of Shanghai-based consultancy, Management Consulting – Chemicals, in this article from ICIS Chemical Business.

This suggests that …

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China looks for LPG

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been trying to get more information on what’s driving Chinese interest in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-based petrochemical projects.

Plans for eight propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plants have already been announced and more could be in …

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Polymers start the year on a robust note, but how long will it last?

By Malini Hariharan and John Richardson

Expect the unexpected and you probably stand a good chance of making money in the polymer market.

Defying expectations of a slowdown in demand ahead of the Chinese new year in February markets have …

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Shell plans for the long-term

See below for an extended interview with Shell Chemicals vice president, Ben van Beurden, who talks of the search for new feedstock sources. He raises the possiblity of using syngas from the Pearl GTL project in Qatar to make methanol …

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