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Formosa up but not out of the woods yet

By Malini Hariharan

Operations at the Formosa group of companies in Mailiao, Taiwan, are slowly resuming but the group faces an uphill task in regaining public and government confidence in its ability to run plants safely.

There have been seven …

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Formosa’s troubles deepen, markets rally on supply concerns

By Malini Hariharan

The latest accident at Formosa Petrochemical Corp’s (FPCC) refinery at Mailiao, Taiwan, on Sunday is adding to the bullish sentiment in markets for key petrochemicals. A fire in the propylene recovery unit has forced the company to …

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Petronas set to unveil new refinery and petchem venture

By Malini Hariharan

Malaysia’s Petronas is expected to soon announce plans for a new refinery and petrochemical complex Pengerang, Johor, a project that the blog had discussed a few months back.

A report in the Malaysian newspaper Star says the …

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Japan Disaster – Some petchem plants shut; markets stable

By Malini Hariharan

News is slowly trickling in on the status of Japanese petrochemical plants. Only four of the country’s 14 crackers have shut down while a few are running at reduced rates, reports ICIS news.

JX Nippon Oil & …

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What’s next for PetroChina and Ineos?

By Malini Hariharan

After months of talks, PetroChina finally signed a framework agreement with Ineos for partnerships in refining, trading and petrochemicals at Grangemouth in Scotland and Lavera in France. The companies will be working towards the formation of these …

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Why bother?

By Malini Hariharan

After reading news reports about fresh protests against Kuokuang Petrochemical’s proposed refinery and cracker complex in Taiwan the blog is wondering whether the company should be spending time and money in pursuing this ill-fated project.

Kuokuang, a …

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Taiwan’s tough talk

By Malini Hariharan

Formosa Petrochemical Corp’s problems are mounting after two accidents in less than a month at its refinery and petrochemical site in Mailiao, Taiwan.

Wu Den-yih, the country’s premier was at the site last week and ordered an …

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Reliance eyes 2014 start for Jamnagar cracker

By Malini Hariharan

Reliance Industries is moving ahead with its Jamnagar cracker project and is looking at completing it in 2014, reports ICIS news.

Preliminary activity on the project, which was put on hold after the 2008 economic crisis, has …

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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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Formosa awaits approval for big expansions in China

By Malini Hariharan

In a research note released today, UBS has highlighted plans by Formosa Chemical and Fibres (FCFC) for major expansions at Ningbo, China.

The Taiwanese petrochemicals major is in the process of getting Chinese government approval for a …

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