Tag Archives | GCC

European PE, PP below Euros1,000/tonne

By John Richardson

JOURNALISTS are often accused of exaggeration for the sake a good story, but it is genuinely no exaggeration to say that markets are in free-fall.

Last week we reported on how European polyolefin pricing was on a …

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Saudi Ethane Prices Set To Rise To $2/mBTU


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By John Richardson

IT will only be a question of making a large rather than a huge amount of money if you only take into account the relatively minor increases being forecast for Saudi …

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No Going Back, But Don’t Expect Smooth Ride

Cloth nappies?….you have to be kidding




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By John Richardson

IT IS the biggest transformation that the global economy has probably ever undergone, resulting in numerous opportunities and challenges for the chemicals industry …

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Getting Education Right Is Crucial

The brightest and the best, but will there be enough of them?

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By John Richardson

EDUCATION, education and education are three of the biggest challenges facing developing countries over the next 10-20 years.

This …

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Middle East Study Casts Doubt On Downstream Strategy

Petro Rabigh

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By John Richardson

Petro Rabigh’s attempt to move further down the value chain raises interesting questions over exactly how successful the Saudi joint venture will be in attracting the necessary investment.

As my …

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GCC gas shortage expected to last till 2015

By Malini Hariharan

After enjoying years of plentiful supplies the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries face a gas shortage that could last another five years, says consultancy Booz & Co.

And this is happening at a time when other countries …

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Saudi Feedstock Pricing May Change Next Year

What’s the gas?

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By John Richardson

SAUDI Arabian feedstock pricing arrangements for ethane, liquefied natural gas (LPG) and naphtha could change in 2011 – affecting the competitiveness of existing and future investments, two well-placed …

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The more the merrier

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

Sumitomo Chemical and Saudi Aramco appear to be in a generous mood. After successfully launching the first phase of their joint venture and starting work on the second …

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A fight to the finish

By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)

The Indian government has announced 17 November as the date for a public hearing to discuss the provisional anti dumping duties that it had imposed in June on …

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GCC mood lifts despite worsening gas crisis

THE MOOD seems to have become a little more upbeat in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region of the Middle East thanks to the economic recovery.

“The flow of foreign funds into the GCC came to a complete standstill in …

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