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New ICIS global ethylene projects map free to download

ICIS has just published an update to its global map of major ethylene projects. The map shows the continued dominance of the Middle East and China in the next wave of new cracker expansions. The two countries will add 17.7m tonnes/year out of a total global increase of 30.5m tonnes/year. Combined they represent 58% of […]

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Saudi Kayan delay is good news for US/European chemical producers

Reports that Saudi Kayan will delay the startup of its 1.5m tonnes/year Al Jubail petrochemical complex until late 2011 will be heartening news for many in Europe and the US.  In the short term it means less downward pressure next year on pricing for commodity chemicals as Middle East capacities come onstream and exports ramp, […]

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Time for a new US cracker as ethane advantage grows?

US ethane-based petrochemical producers such as Dow Chemical, LyondellBaselland Westlake Chemical will enjoy a long term feedstock advantage over Asian and West European naphtha exposed manufacturers such as BASF, Hanwha and Honam Petrochemical, according to US-headquartered analysts Alembic. New methods of extracting shale gas mean that the US should have enough natural gas to supply […]

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Could Total, Shell, Honam, replace Exxon in Qatar cracker JV?

A report by MEED’s Peter Salisbury suggests that ExxonMobil may be pulling out of the next cracker project at Ras Laffan in Qatar. The report doesn’t state the reason for Exxon’s change of heart about the $6bn project. If the report is correct, I imagine Total, Shell, Honam and possibly others would be very keen […]

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World map of ethylene cracker projects

My colleague, journalist Anna Jagger, has just created a free-to-view map of the world’s major ethylene cracker projects. It is up-to-date and useful. Contact the blog for a copy as it is too large a file to download onto blogger.

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