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Looking West for support

By Malini Hariharan

As Asian markets head towards a quiet week, producers are probably hoping that developments in other regions will support their efforts to raise prices once trading resumes after the Chinese New Year holidays in the first week …

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Petronas gets busy

By Malini Hariharan

How many projects is Petronas Chemical planning?

Last week the blog had covered an ICIS news report which referred to a study on 1m tonnes/year ethane cracker and derivative units at Kerteh.

Now a report from UBS …

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India’s OPaL inches forward

By Malini Hariharan

Regular readers of the blog will remember a November post that had highlighted delays at ONGC Petro-Additions Ltd’s (OPaL) 1.1m tonnes/year cracker project at Dahej on the west coast of India.

This time there is some progress …

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Polyolefin Producers Maintain Their Control

Source of picture: Dallhouse University, Canada

 

By John Richardson

THE incredibly smart way in which polyolefin producers have managed production since the great collapse of September 2008 continues to defy what appear to remain some very uncertain, and some …

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A Repeat Of The 2008 Collapse On The Cards

 

     “Only another thousand or so years to go…..”

      Source of picture: Atlantic Council

 

By John Richardson

HERE we go again, eh? Yes, as rising crude-oil prices and overall inflation pose a major threat to the petrochemicals …

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Petronas mulls cracker at Kerteh

By Malini Hariharan

There is finally some movement at Petronas. After last month’s joint announcement with BASF on a study for a Euro1bn investment in speciality chemicals, news has emerged that the Malaysian major is also exploring the feasibility of …

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Qapco studies expansion and Echem looks to Sabic

By Malini Hariharan

Investment activity is picking up in Qatar. After Total, Shell and ExxonMobil confirmed their interest in new projects, Qatar Petrochemical Co (QAPCO) is talking on expanding its cracker.

The company is working on expanding its 720,000 tonne/year …

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Saudi Petchems Blighted By Logistics

By John Richardson

ONE of the many factors behind petrochemicals supply being less than expected during 2010 has been logistics problems in Saudi Arabia.

One trader we spoke to on the sidelines of last month’s Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association …

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Gaping Chasm Between Effective, Real Op Rates

By John Richardson

A gaping chasm has opened up over the past 18 months between nameplate capacities and effective operating rates, resulting in much greater focus on the latter.

It isn’t easy and it is getting ever-more complicated to assess …

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Dalian offers hope …but naphtha continues to climb

By Malini Hariharan

The good news for polyolefin producers is that prices in China are inching up supported by an upward movement in the key linear low-density polyethylene (lldPE) futures contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE).

The arbitrage window …

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