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Food Prices And Chemicals

Graph prepared by the http://www.thegatesnotes.com/Personal/2012-Annual-Letter

 

By John Richardson

RISING food prices resulting from adverse weather conditions in the US, South America and Russia represent yet another threat to global economic growth.

Grain prices could, for instance, increase by as …

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North America’s Oil and Gas Potential

By Malini Hariharan

The energy landscape in North America is rapidly changing. After shale gas the focus has shifted to rising oil production from various unconventional sources, which has prompted some commentators to predict that the region will regain its …

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It’s All About Shale Gas

By Malini Hariharan

As expected, excitement around shale gas is running strong at the CERAWeek conference in Houston. But an element of caution is also visible with the majors appearing to be in no rush to finalise their investments.

Shell …

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Methanol moves

By Malini Hariharan

Recent moves by methanol majors to boost their capacities have caught the blog’s attention.

Sabic’s chief financial officer Mutlaq al-Morished disclosed at a press conference yesterday in Dubai that the company is in talks for a methanol …

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Fresh US sanctions to target Iran petchems

By Malini Hariharan

The US is looking to introduce fresh measures targeted at the petrochemicals industry.

The specifics of the new sanctions are not yet available but the goal, says this report, is to bar foreign companies from doing business …

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Restocking lifts polyolefins prices

By Malini Hariharan

Polyolefins prices in the key China markets inched up last week thanks to an uptick in buying activity.

Prices of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) blow moulding and film grades moved up $20/tonne while linear-low density PE prices were …

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Marcellus shale cut down to size

By Malini Hariharan

The blog has been reading with interest a recent report about the Energy Information Administration (EIA) cutting its estimate of the Marcellus shale gas reserves by 80% following a recent study by the US Geological Survey (USGS).…

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Cotton corrects; will polyester follow?

By Malini Hariharan

After last year’s stunning rise, cotton prices have plunged 53% in the last four months from a 140-year peak of $2.15/lb on 4 March.

Prices have fallen 38% in July with cotton for December delivery quoted at …

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Banking on gas

By Malini Hariharan

Is the International Energy Agency (IEA) being extremely bullish in predicting a ‘golden age’ for natural gas over the next 25 years?

In a recently released report (available here) the IEA forecasts a 55% growth in global …

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To frack or not to frack…

By Malini Hariharan

…is a debate that has starting moving out of the US. A desire for energy independence has seen countries like Poland to embrace shale gas with the government welcoming US companies to quickly develop the country’s reserves, …

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