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2016-09-23 11:09:28 EST

Analyzing the latest developments in US ethane exports and related current and future crude, naphtha and NGLs pricing trends and impact on cracker margins in Europe.

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Houston (Platts)--24 Sep 2016 1226 pm EDT/1626 GMT
A spot ethylene cargo from Dow Argentina is up for for sale, a source close to the producer said Friday.
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The Barrel Blog

August 19, 2016
Prema Viswanathan on the recent announcement by energy major BP which says it is looking to divest 50% of its stake in its Chinese petrochemicals joint venture SECCO.
August 05, 2016
Petrochemicals are offering growth as energy companies struggle with lingering low crude prices, though there are some setbacks.
August 03, 2016
Leave it to ExxonMobil Chemical and Sabic to do it big.
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Feature: Global Polymers Pricing Analysis

June 14, 2016
European LDPE spot prices were flat this week, closing June 15 at Eur1,330/mt FD NWE. Asian LDPE rose on higher discussion levels and a deal done during the week.
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LLDPE: Europe's holiday period impacts demand; US feedstock ethylene prices moving higher
LLDPE spot prices remained flat due to the holiday period, sources said this week.
HDPE: „US to Asia PE cargoes to increase towards year end; contract prices in Europe stable
Asian HDPE prices were assessed flat to $25/mt lower on week amid a lack of demand and anticipated increase in supply due to a plant restart.

Price Focus

Stay one step ahead with the latest petrochemicals prices, news and market commentaries for a range of petrochemical products including naphtha feedstocks, aromatics, olefins, and polymers.

Petrochemical Interactive Magazine

As we reach the half way point in 2016, petrochemical markets remain volatile and the need for relevant and timely information is more crucial than ever. This bi-annual publication looks at the key themes currently affecting the global industry.


Europe's 'bright' ethane future
September 20, 2016
- Evergas CEO, Steffen Jacobsen, talks about the future of transatlantic ethane trade and how Evergas and Ineos have pioneered it.
Bearish fundamentals facing the European chemical sector in H2 2016
September 05, 2016
- Interview with Laura Lopez, analyst at Germany's Baader Bank on European chemical utilizations rates and the potential bearish fundamentals for H2 2016.
Ineos director Tom Crotty on the group's petrochemical operations post-Brexit
July 05, 2016
- Listen to Ineos director Tom Crotty discuss the state of the group's UK operations at present and going forwards in the aftermath of Brexit.
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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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