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China MTO/MTP – one more project starts

By Malini Hariharan

Shenhua Ningxia has finally produced onspec propylene at its new 470,000 tonnes/year methanol-to-propylene (MTP) plant after starting trial operations last month.

This marks the successful start of China’s first MTP project, which is also the world’s largest. …

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India contributes to Asian growth story

By Malini Hariharan

Yes, the Indian economy is growing and propping up demand for all polymers.

The blog had highlighted a few weeks back that polypropylene (PP) demand expanded by 13% during the April-July period and the expectations are that …

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Saudi Kayan commercial production delayed to end-2011?

By Malini Hariharan

Sabic’s Saudi Kayan appears to be heading down the same road as other recent Saudi petrochemical projects.

After starting up a 1m tonnes/year cracker and a mono ethylene glycol (MEG) facility, a local media report states that …

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PO demand slows, will prices slide?

By Malini Hariharan

After a fairly steady climb Asian polyolefin markets have hit the pause button.

Demand for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in China and Southeast Asia has weakened but this development has so far been balanced out by …

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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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