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China’s coal chemical projects take shape

By Malini Hariharan

The first of China’s major coal-based chemical projects has finally started trial operations.

ICIS news reports that methanol has been fed at Shenhua Baotou’s 600,000 tonnes/year methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plant at Baotou, in inner Mongolia. The unit can …

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ExxonMobil Formally Out Of Qatar C2s – Report

Qatar Builds Its Future

 

Source of picture: The New York Times

 

By John Richardson

EXXONMOBIL and Qatar Petroleum have formally ended their agreement to build a $6bn petrochemical complex in Qatar, says a report by the Middle East …

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Kuwait plans another cracker

By Malini Hariharan

Despite doubts about availability of gas, its cost and viability of using naphtha or other feedstocks, companies from the Middle East are continuing to plan new petrochemical projects.

The latest is Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) which …

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Operating problems strike Asian polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

Just when polyolefin markets have started recovering operating issues are cropping up at plants in Asia.

ExxonMobil was forced to shut its 600,000 tonnes/year polyethylene (PE) plant in Singapore on Tuesday for two weeks due to undisclosed …

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Managing expectations

By Malini Hariharan

A spurt in Chinese buying enquiries in the last few days has awakened hopes in some quarters of an upturn in polyolefin pricing with one trader predicting a $50-70/tonne rise in the coming weeks.

The prediction, he …

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Searching for balance

By John Richardson and Malini Hariharan

Cautious optimism first gave way to mounting anxiety over the prospects for the second half of this year, but now the mood surrounding China’s polyolefins market is downright pessimistic.

“It is going to take …

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Crunch time for Asian polyolefins

By Malini Hariharan

August could well be the time for some tough decisions by Asian polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) producers. Demand has languished for the last three months and although many are hoping for a recovery at the end …

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Asian Ethylene, PE Declines Continue

By John Richardson

ASIAN ethylene and polyethylene (PE) margins both fell last week – a further indication that the Chinese market remains weak.

Bonded warehouses are still full of PE as a result of high imports in March at a …

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Crisis of confidence

By Malini Hariharan

Asian polyolefins (PO) producers are seeing no signs of an immediate recovery in demand and pricing as buyers in the key China market continue to remain on the sidelines.

There are just too many negative factors, says …

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China flexes its muscles

By Malini Hariharan

If you are trying to find an explanation for the recent price movement in Asian polyolefin markets, a report in today’s Wall Street Journal offers some clues.

China, says the report, has been eating into some of …

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