IEA says “world’s energy system at crossroads”
16th November 2008 by

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is the global energy watchdog. Its new annual report, just pub...

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Russia’s economy stalls
12th November 2008 by

A few months ago, Russia’s economy seemed to be recovering from its problems in the late 1990&...

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The “crystal blog”
12th November 2008 by

The blog’s forecasting record is reviewed in ICIS Chemical Business this week. Click here if y...

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4 tips for survival
8th November 2008 by

Last month, the blog titled its 2009 Outlook, Budgeting for Survival. This week, the Financial Times...

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TOTAL focus on lower debt, higher oil prices
5th November 2008 by

TOTAL have adopted a very clear strategy for surviving the downturn. The results statement today par...

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Asian naphtha falls below $300/t
4th November 2008 by

ICIS is reporting today that Shell sold open spec naphtha to Cargill at $267 CFR Japan, for the firs...

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Oil producers at a crossroads
2nd November 2008 by

The blog has been thinking about last week’s leaked report from the International Energy Agenc...

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OPEC cuts production, worries about demand
28th October 2008 by

Two main factors weigh on oil markets. The first, as PetroMatrix note in their latest weekly report,...

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Oil futures focus on $50/bbl for December
20th October 2008 by

Futures markets are taking an increasingly gloomy view of oil demand. And over the past 2 weeks, the...

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Budgeting for survival
19th October 2008 by

The blog prefers to be optimistic. But 30 years in the chemical industry has taught it to be extreme...

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