Tag Archives | Saudi Aramco


Aramco Confirms Ras Tanura Location Review

Here’s a post from a guest blogger, my good colleague Prema Viswanathan – Deputy Managing Editor of ICIS pricing in Asia.

Ras Tanura and Al-Jubail

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By Prema Viswanathan

A Saudi Aramco official has confirmed a …

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Bright Future Predicted for Saudi Private Cos


Source of picture: help.berberber.com


By John Richardson

PRIVATE Saudi Arabian petrochemical companies need not fret about the ethane-gas shortage that two sources had last week told us would hold up their development, according a third industry source we …

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No More Gas For Saudi Private Cos – Industry Source

Ras Tanura in Saudi – private companies bunkered by feedstock shortage?

By John Richardson

The gas feedstock shortages in Saudi Arabia – which we have commented on before – are such that no private company will receive any allocations in …

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It helps to have the right partner

By Malini Hariharan

And Sumitomo Chemical has discovered this.

The company recently said that PetroRabigh, its joint venture with Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia, has managed to secure fresh ethane allocation of 30m scf of ethane for a second phase …

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Liveris on the chemical cycle, Dow’s asset-light strategy and Ras Tanura

By Malini Hariharan

I have been reading a transcript of Dow Chemical’s Q4 2009 earnings call and here are some interesting comments made by Andrew Liveris, the company’s ceo.

Despite recording revenue and volume growth in 2009 Liveris was cautious …

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Twists expected in the LyondellBasell-Reliance story

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

Reliance’s bid for LyondellBasell is likely to be a long drawn out affair with potential for complications from competitive bids.

I talked to some sources familiar with the …

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The more the merrier

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

Sumitomo Chemical and Saudi Aramco appear to be in a generous mood. After successfully launching the first phase of their joint venture and starting work on the second …

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China and M-E Delays To Offer More Market Support


As this updated table from my colleagues at CBI in China illustrates, cracker-complex delays in China have the potential to further stagger the arrival of new volumes into the market.


This follows the widespread problems in starting up …

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Even Middle East funding is under threat

The reach of the credit crisis is such that liquidity is even becoming hard to come by in the hugely wealthy Middle East, according to this report.

With so few petrochemical projects officially announced for the region post-2012 (although I …

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A drowning man will clutch onto anything

A drowning man will grab hold of any floating debris – even a plastic bag made from standard-grade Chinese polyethylene (PE).

Hence, last Friday a statement by Wang Tianpu led to a few days of excited speculation about the cancellation …

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