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Measuring Crude Prices And Asian Petchems Profitability

By John Richardson

YESTERDAY I posted this slide on LinkedIn, in response to a lot of concern amongst the more than 150 or so delegates at the 5th ICIS Asian Polyolefins Conference in Bangkok about the impact of rising crude …

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Peak Oil Demand Opportunities For Petchems Are Being Over-Hyped

By John Richardson

THERE is a lot of excitement about new petrochemicals feedstock opportunities resulting from the approaching end of the road for the internal combustion engine, the rise of the electricity battery car and the related arrival of Peak …

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New Consensus Builds On Ethylene Supply Gap

By John Richardson

THERE seems to be a new consensus emerging over an ethylene capacity addition shortage between 2013 and 2017.

Many of the projects that are supposed to come on-stream during that period will either be delayed, or perhaps …

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China Producer Price Deflation Continues

By John Richardson

China’s factory-gate prices have fallen for 14 months in a row because of huge overcapacity in many industries, said the Wall Street Journal in this article.

“Producer prices – a measure of prices of goods before they …

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Polyolefin Demand Remains “Very Weak”

 

By John Richardson

DEMAND remains “very weak” in China’s polyolefins markets, said a sales and marketing executive with a major Western producer.

“I am having real trouble justifying higher prices to my customers, which are partly the result of …

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It’s All About Shale Gas

By Malini Hariharan

As expected, excitement around shale gas is running strong at the CERAWeek conference in Houston. But an element of caution is also visible with the majors appearing to be in no rush to finalise their investments.

Shell …

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Middle East looks overseas for growth

By Malini Hariharan

The US shale gas buzz is now drawing Middle East companies with Sabic’s CEO revealing yesterday that the company is considering investing in a US cracker.

Sabic would pursue the US cracker on its own or with …

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Europe Not Clutching At Straws

By John Richardson

EUROPEAN ethylene and polyethylene (PE) market participants seem a million miles away from buying into the idea that the recovery in Asia is sustainable.

This is a realistic view following last week’s interest rate rise in China, the …

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Saudi Petchem Output Increase

By John Richardson

YESTERDAY’S fractious OPEC meeting – where members were unable to agree on a proposal by the four biggest members to raise output – may not necessarily be good news for petrochemicals.

For a long time the industry …

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Consolidation Thai style

By Malini Hariharan

The long-awaited merger between PTT Chem and PTT Aromatics (PTTAR) was finally announced last week.

A presentation made to financial analysts gave details on what the merged entity will look like, planned synergies and opportunities for growth.…

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