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Picking The Winners And Losers

 

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By John Richardson

ICIS has just published its Top 100 listing for 2009, which, not surprisingly, reveals the nothing-short-of devastating impact of the global economic crisis on chemical company financial performances.

“Unprecedented operating and …

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Looking for ethane? Head West

By Malini Hariharan

A problem of plenty is building up in the US where the rise of shale gas production could create problems in disposal of ethane. This may sound hard to believe but a new report by Bentek Energy …

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When Does Consolidation Become A Strategic Problem?

All our yesterdays… the ICI Runcorn site in its heyday

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By John Richardson

Yesterday’s blog post on Petronas illustrates once again how the state-owned giants, albeit in this case one that is about to …

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Long-term Shift In LPG Cracking Economics

 

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By John Richardson

WHEN my fellow blogger Malini Hariharan once asked a particularly unhelpful individual who used to track polyethylene (PE) markets what was going on, his only response was “conditions are volatile”.…

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China to invest in Iran petrochemical projects?

By Malini Hariharan

The recent sanctions are making business operations difficult for Iranian petrochemical producers. And just when questions were being raised about the prospects of the country’s numerous projects, news has emerged that Iran and China are on the …

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GCC gas shortage expected to last till 2015

By Malini Hariharan

After enjoying years of plentiful supplies the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries face a gas shortage that could last another five years, says consultancy Booz & Co.

And this is happening at a time when other countries …

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Indonesia is back on the projects scene

By Malini Hariharan

After a decade of inactivity since the Asian financial crisis, Indonesia is once again drawing attention. Two news reports indicate that companies are evaluating major investments in refining and petrochemicals.

Taiwan’s Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC) is said …

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India’s petchem projects dilemma

By Malini Hariharan

I have been doing my annual exercise of compiling major petrochemicals projects in India and as usual there not too many.

Making a case for investing in a cracker in India has never been easy and the …

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Thailand’s Map Ta Phut crisis – the NGO side of the story

By Malini Hariharan

Penchom Saetang of Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (Earth) is not a typical activist vociferously denouncing companies for their environmental misdeeds. She is soft spoken and rational in her criticism of the state of affairs at …

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No option but to bet on China

By Malini Hariharan

Even as market players celebrate the finish of what has been an unexpectedly good year there are not many who expect a repeat performance.

A key concern is Chinese demand which saved the industry in 2009. A …

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