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Houston (Platts)--3 May 2016 546 pm EDT/2146 GMT
Tauber Oil will manage the marketing and distribution for a planned methanol facility targeted for the Marcellus Shale region, Primus Green Energy said Tuesday.
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Feature: Global Polymer Pricing Analysis

April 28, 2016
European low density polyethylene spot prices were flat this week, as the market awaited further developments on the ethylene contract price settlement. LDPE spot prices closed April 27 at Eur1,350/mt, unchanged on the week.
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LLDPE: US exports up $33-$34/mt on week
US linear low-density export assessments rose $33-$34/mt week on week as prices continued to be talked higher.
PP: „Brazil rises $20 on week
Polypropylene import pricing was $20/mt higher for the week in Brazil, with homopolymer assessed April 27 at $1,205-$1,215/mt CFR Brazil.


December 21, 2015
Platts petrochemicals team discusses the Q4 update of the Global Polyolefins Outlook, including expectations for polyethylene and polypropylene supply and demand balances in 2016.
December 02, 2015
Gulf Coast petrochemical players acknowledge increasing competitiveness from US shale gas derived olefins and Chinese coal-to-olefin projects, but remain confident in their position as polyolefin cost leaders.
November 17, 2015
GPCA secretary-general Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun talks to Platts on how Gulf Coast country members of the GPCA are facing the challenges in the petrochemicals markets.
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Price Focus

Spot NWE ethylene discount to the monthly contract price, a measure of the product's demand, remains stable but there are some bullish price expectations on the expected derivative uptick due to seasonality.

Petrochemical Infographics

Featuring global trade flows for polyethylene, this infographic also details surplus and deficit totals and includes key trend points, statistics and forecasts going out all the way to 2023.

The Barrel Blog

March 30, 2016
Uncertainty around the US ethane market has grown as new projects for domestic and export use all come online simultaneous with declining production and low prices.
March 24, 2016
Platts editors give more insight into wide range of products and topics that were discussed at AFPM 2016.
March 01, 2016
The US has experienced a renaissance in petrochemicals due to the abundance of ethane from shale gas.
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Asia-Pacific Petrochemicals methodology

Published March 2016

The Asian Petrochemical Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Asian Petrochemical assessments.

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