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ExxonMobil to begin sales allocation for PP from Baton Rouge plant: letter
Houston (Platts)--1 Oct 2014 433 pm EDT/2033 GMT
ExxonMobil Chemical will begin a sales allocation for some grades of polypropylene because of operational difficulties at its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, facility, according to a letter to customers obtained Wednesday by Platts.
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News Features

Are European ethane imports a fig leaf for a depressed industry?
September 26, 2014
The US shale gas phenomenon is finally causing waves in the European petrochemical market. But do these imports offer an empty promise to an otherwise depressed industry?
US shale boom impacts Asian petrochemicals
May 14, 2014
The US shale gas boom has triggered a reversal of the mixed xylenes arbitrage with Asia, making it economical to send Asian material to the US, where the ongoing shift to lighter feedstocks has cut aromatics yields by as much as 55%, sources said.
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Asia enjoys bullish ethylene market, but how long will it last?
September 26, 2014 - Platts editors talk about the bullish ethylene market in Asia and the impact of cracker turnarounds on ethylene supplies in the region.
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Weak demand, collapse of arbitrage window between US, Asia drag benzene prices
September 17, 2014 - A look at current price trends in benzene markets and the arbitrage window between Asia and the US.
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Blogs

US shale boom writes a tale of two emerging classes of gas carriers
Growing natural gas liquids production spurred by the US shale gas boom has stoked interest in new classes of ships to move ethane and LPG across oceans: very large ethane carriers and ultra large gas carriers.
The possible implications of Russian sanctions on Europe's polyethylene market
Recently, Russia has come under global political pressure due to its current geopolitical conflict with the Ukraine. Platts is looking at whether these pressure will filter down to the development of planned petrochemical projects.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

India to outweigh Chinese polyolefin demand growth over the next ten years
Globally, the regional growth centres for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are Asia, Central and South America, Central and Eastern Europe, South America and the Middle East.
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