Tag Archives | Saudi Arabia

Moving down the value chain

By Malini Hariharan

More details have emerged on Petro Rabigh’s second phase which conforms to Saudi Arabia’s product diversification strategy.

The Kingdom is steadily expanding its presence in the aromatics chain and Petro Rabigh’s plans include 800,000-850,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene …

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A Downturn With Areas Of Persistent Strength

Tougher sanctions set to reduce Iranian exports

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By John Richardson

I met a hedge-fund manager yesterday who wanted a straight answer as to why he felt that ethylene, propylene and polyolefin margins are holding-up relatively well, …

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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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Diminishing Returns From Middle East Projects

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By John Richardson

As my fellow blogger Malini Hariharan wrote last week “the projects environment in the Middle East has irrevocably changed” and with it the rather glib and outdated assumption still being frequently made that …

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Indian PP producers benefit from strong growth

By Malini Hariharan

Indian polypropylene (PP) demand continues to remain strong with most end-use sectors showing good growth and it is local producers who are catering to the additional requirement.

Polypropylene (PP) demand is estimated to have expanded by 13% …

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Polyethylene Price Recovery Built On House Of Cards

 

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By John Richardson

It always seemed as if the Asian polyethylene (PE) price rebound was built on a house of cards.

The Chinese economy is slowing down, the country’s domestic production has greatly increased …

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Saudi PP producers react; put pressure on India

By Malini Hariharan

The Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association (GPCA) is speaking up on behalf of Saudi producers who are worried about the Indian government’s recent ruling on dumping of polypropylene (PP).

The Indian position, outlined in a disclosure statement, …

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Saudi Feedstock Problems Worsen

SABIC headquarters in Riyadh

 

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By John Richardson

The days when the price of future ethane supply in Saudi Arabia – at the time called an advantaged feedstock because nobody knew what else to do …

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Port congestion hits Saudi shipments

By Malini Hariharan

The blog is hearing a number of reports about delays in polymer shipments from Saudi Arabia because of port congestion. This is being attributed to a shortage of containers and labour ahead of Ramadan.

“It is now …

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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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