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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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India's Reliance Jan-Mar quarter gross refining margin down 7.9% on year at $9.30/b
Mumbai (Platts)--18 Apr 2014 204 pm EDT/1804 GMT
Indian refining and petrochemical giant Reliance Industries Ltd.
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OPEC oil output in March: A reversal of recent trends
OPEC output took a significant decline in March, according to the latest Platts survey. It also marked a reversal of recent trends, wherein Saudi Arabia would normally make up for shortfalls out of other OPEC countries.
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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Feature: Asian Petrochemicals Data Set
April 04, 2014
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Feature: US gas pipelines reverse course
April 02, 2014
Three pipeline projects set to begin moving more natural gas out of the Appalachian shales, including the Marcellus and the Utica, to traditional upstream markets herald a growing focus on market optionality over profitability.
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Platts: Podcasts
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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