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US Jobs Revival A Mirage

By John Richardson

THE US is well and truly back economically was once again one of the themes at this year’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Pattaya, Thailand.

It was argued that shale gas has led to a manufacturing …

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China Reconsiders Petchems Targets

By John Richardson

CHINA has long set targets for petrochemicals self-sufficiency in each of its  five-year economic plans – and those targets have been pretty aggressive as the chart above, showing the recent rise in ethylene production, indicates. These have …

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The “Why” Behind Sinopec’s Investment Freeze

By John Richardson

SINOPEC has announced that it will halt some of its new petrochemicals investments. This could involve the postponement of up to three cracker projects with a combined ethylene capacity of 2.8m tonnes/year, according to this excellent story …

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The Cost Versus Growth Conundrums

By John Richardson

SOME petrochemicals companies believe that their big cracker and derivatives projects will produce positive returns in a few years, when, in fact, it could take much longer,  say several industry sources.

The sources feel that the  growth …

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The “Logic” Of US Ethane Exports

By John Richardson

THE search for feedstock advantage is constant, given that some 80-90% of variable costs for any petrochemicals producer consists of the cost of acquiring raw materials.

Hence, my colleague Nigel Davis, in this excellent Insight article, writes:…

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China Turns A Corner On Shale Gas

By John Richardson

CHINA has more shale gas reserves than the US, and, like the US six years ago, confronts a dangerous reliance on imported energy.

But the development of the shale industry in China is being hampered by water …

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The Petronas Decision: What It Means

By John Richardson

LAST week’s decision by Petronas to go ahead with its $27bn refinery and petrochemicals complex at Pengerang in Johor, Malaysia, tells us that:…

Nation building remains important in the petrochemicals business. This project will create huge further

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US Petchems Risk Getting Only One Cookie

By John Richardson

WALTER Mischel, the psychologist, carried out an experiment on four-year-old children in the late 1960s.

“They were given a choice between a small reward (one Oreo cookie), which they could have at any time, or a larger …

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What Comes After Shale Gas

By John Richardson

IF the blog had a dollar for every occasion it had heard the phrase “ the shale gas revolution” over the last five years, we would be sitting on the deck of our yacht in Monte Carlo …

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LNG As Geopolitical Tool: US Would Need To Turn Communist

By John Richardson

OVER the last couple of weeks, ever since Russia effectively annexed the Crimea, it has been argued that the US can use LNG as geopolitical weapon.

By making the approvals process easier for LNG export terminals, this …

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