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Petchems And The Non-Profit Motive

By John RichardsonAS the US contemplates raising its ethylene capacity by up to 29 percent by 2017, we would be fascinated to know whether the companies involved in these proposed expansions, and the “cheer leader” chemical industry observers spurring them …

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Saudi Gas Costs Head Higher

By John Richardson

SAUDI Arabia’s petrochemical producers could soon, or may already, be paying $1.50-2.00/mmBTU for their ethane supplies.

“We are not sure whether the proposed increase from $0.75/mmBTU will take place from 1 January this year or from early 2013, …

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Conventional Thinking Revisited

By John Richardson

CONVENTIONAL thinking is that when you have a strong feedstock advantage, you should go ahead and build more petrochemicals capacity on the assumption that growth will eventually be sufficient to absorb volumes.

Hence, several more green-field crackers …

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The Benzene Versus Propylene Debate

By John Richardson

SHELL Chemicals put an argument forward last week that polystyrene (PS) had regained ground from polypropylene (PP) as a result of expensive propylene.

And the petrochemicals major forecast a bright future for both PS and expandable polystyrene …

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Shell Firms-up Interest in New US Capacity

By Malini Hariharan

Shell Chemicals has become the latest entrant to a steadily growing list of companies looking at new cracker investments in the US.

As we wrote about last week, Shell Chemicals told us in an interview at the …

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APIC Delegates Focus On Capacity

By John Richardson

THE article of faith publicly expressed at last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Fukuoka, Japan, was that the current problems with demand in China and India were only temporary.

Discussions the blog held were packed …

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NEW EO-Derivative Investments Planned For Singapore

 

 

 

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By John Richardson

NEW plants could be built in Singapore downstream of Shell Chemicals plans for optimising high-purity ethylene oxide (EO) production in the city state, the blog was told recently …

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US Polyethylene Competitiveness To Surge in 2012

George Mitchell of Devon Energy – The “Father of Shale Gas”

By John Richardson

US polyethylene (PE) input costs will be 50% less than those in Europe and Asia beyond 2012, says a new report by Morgan Stanley.

The extraordinary …

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ExxonMobil Says Qatar C2s Still On

By John Richardson

EXXONMOBIL is insisting that its cracker and derivatives project with Qatar Petroleum is still on despite a media report to the contrary.

It certainly seems as if there are several suitors for this particular bride – perhaps …

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Singapore’s New Petrochemicals Strategy

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands complex

 

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By John Richardson

“SUCCESS in this business, whether you are tracking price direction or planning new investments, is 95% about feedstock,” says a senior European-based sales manager …

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