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March 03, 2014 (13:22 mins)
Richard Swann, Andrew Allan and Hetain Mistry discuss how the US natural gas boom and its resulting cheap, plentiful ethane has not only revived the American petrochemical industry, but it also has wide-reaching consequences on global feedstock balances, with specific regard to ethane, and naphtha in Europe.
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Kazakhstan to build major petrochemical complex by 2016
Paris (Platts)--24 Apr 2014 557 am EDT/957 GMT
Kazakhstan plans to build a major petrochemical complex by 2016 to produce higher-value products from associated petroleum gas that is currently mainly flared, according to an official at state-run KazMunaiGaz.
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News Features

Olefins Rarity: Global Arbitrages Open
April 22, 2014
With arbitrage windows between Asia, Europe and the Americas open for the three main olefins, traders are looking to move cargoes on rare routes and at lower freight rates between the three major markets.
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Blogs

RINs eerily calm ahead of imminent storm
After exploding onto the scene and becoming one of the most volatile commodities on the planet in 2013, those once-pesky biofuels RINs have been strangely subdued. The calm before the storm is especially peculiar alongside a rapidly growing confidence that the storm is imminent.
Immigration reform debate not lost on US petrochemical industry
The US petrochemical industry has the money, the cheap feedstocks, the technology and the projects to boom in a way perhaps never seen thanks to shale gas.
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Podcasts

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US methanol prices fall as market searches for a direction
March 27, 2014 - High US methanol prices dipped in March as more supply made its way to American shores. How will global markets continue to affect US markets?
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Impact of shale gas developments on global polyethylene dynamics
March 21, 2014 - Discussing Platts' report highlighting how shale gas developments in the US, conversion of coal to olefins in China are impacting global PE dynamics.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special Report: The shale revolution and its impacts on aromatics supply, pricing and trade flows
The shale revolution in North America has seen steam cracker operators scramble to capitalise on cheap feedstocks particularly ethane. This on-going shift to lighter feed slates has however impacted on the heavier co-products such as propylene, butadiene and aromatics.
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