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European PE, PP below Euros1,000/tonne

By John Richardson

JOURNALISTS are often accused of exaggeration for the sake a good story, but it is genuinely no exaggeration to say that markets are in free-fall.

Last week we reported on how European polyolefin pricing was on a …

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Chemicals Buying & The IEA Decision

 

By John Richardson

CHEMICALS and polymer demand looks even less likely to be supported by “buying forward” following yesterday’s decision by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to release 60m barrels of crude into the market.

Here is a bit …

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Saudi Crackers Could Soon Be At 100%

By John Richardson

SAUDI ARABIA’S crackers could soon be running at operating rates of 100% again following widespread reports quoting the al-Hayat newspaper that the country’s crude production is set to rise to 10m barrels a day in July. Al-Hayat, a Saudi …

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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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Supply Constraints Should Mean A Healthy China

By John Richardson

THE extent of the weakness in China ‘s polyolefins market has become more apparent as a result of reports that a much-anticipated increase in Middle East production hasn’t happened.

Back in February, oil production in Saudi Arabia …

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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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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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Saudi Producers Remain Confident

By John Richardson

THE optimism of Saudi Arabian petrochemical producers remains extremely high, according to an industry observer who spoke to the blog.

One might think we were to some extent stating the blatantly obvious as their margins will have …

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Saudi Oil And Gas Supply – Anyone’s Guess

 

 

By John Richardson

 

SAUDI Arabia’s crude-oil reserves may have been overstated by as much as 40% or 300bn barrels, according to this article on February 8 in the Guardian, based on cables between Saudi and US diplomats …

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