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Olefins Conference 2011 – memorable slides

Here are a couple of memorable slides from the day:   1 Wood Mackenzie: Crude Oil Scenarios   2 Ineos: Tail of the Dog   Our own William Lemos got a good laugh when he showed “the best loved picture in America,” – a map of all the shale gas deposits across the USA, including […]

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Oil drama Dallas makes comeback

The oil industry’s flagship TV drama series, Dallas, is set to return with a revived cast including Larry Hagman (79) from the original 1970s series.   Since the Blog never followed the original TV soap opera – but does remember the suspense of “Who killed JR?” – it is at a loss to understand why […]

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Luol Deng in Southern Sudan

Luol Deng, basketball superstar, returned to the town in oil-rich Southern Sudan where he was born, I heard in a moving BBC Radio 4 documentary during the holidays.   It was the moving story of his family’s escape from the civil war in Sudan, to his childhood in the UK, and his basketball career in […]

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Traders chopped at JP Morgan and MF Global

Energy trading jobs at JP Morgan in London will be axed, following the takeover of Sempra Commodities’ European energy business, according to this article in the Evening Standard.   The news came at the same time as eight out of nine oil swaps brokers resigned from MF Global, after its new chief executive Jon Corzine […]

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Drunk oil trader joins Starsupply

The drunken oil trader who lost his employer $10 million in a binge of unauthorized trading (see original ICIS news article) was back in the news this week as he had his day in court. Steve Perkins, formerly of PVM Oil Futures, was fined £72,000 by the Financial Services Authority, but what caught the Blog’s […]

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Plastics – too valuable to throw away

Yellow droplets of oil with smiley faces and blue plastic bottles with cow faces feature in this adorable video which explains that oil going into plastics is not used up, it is merely borrowed.   Franco was sent “Plastics – too valuable to throw away” after last week’s “Pre-K” press conference in Amsterdam, where nine […]

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Extreme Oil – Vote for Best Magazine Cover

The “Extreme Oil” cover of ICIS’s sister publication, New Scientist, has made it onto the Maggies shortlist – a national poll that celebrates the UK‘s best magazine covers.   The cover in question was designed by art editor Craig Mackie for New Scientist’s 5 December 2009 edition, which led with a feature about the extraordinary […]

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Keep Oil for Petrochemicals – Porritt

The volcanic ash aviation crisis shows that there are only two ways we should be using oil – in petrochemicals and in jet fuel, said Jonathon Porritt, UK veteran green campaigner in a debate on BBC’s PM programme, I heard on my car radio as I drove home this evening.   Porritt, founder and director […]

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Springtime for Chemicals

I’ve been away for a few days of well-timed holiday, basking in the sun of the long-awaited English spring. Meanwhile, a few chemical-related headlines caught my eye …   Chemicals on the iPad I can’t wait to see this. The Times reviewer of the iPad writes: “My favourite app … is The Elements for iPad, […]

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Stop Oil Speculation

SAN ANTONIO (Chemicals Confidential)–Picking up the March issue of Continental Airlines in-flight magazine on the flight from Houston on Friday, I read a column entitled “Stop Oil Speculation” written by the Air Transport Association.   The association is complaining that despite low oil demand and huge over-supply, prices are continuing to rise due to “the […]

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