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Naphtha Margins Pushing Petchem Profits Higher in 2017

Posted on December 1st, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Margin data supplied by Shell to investment analysts show why petrochemical producers continue to ride high. In the third quarter, most other petrochemical sector players joined the energy major in reporting still healthy cracker margins. Continue reading “Naphtha Margins Pushing Petchem Profits Higher in 2017” »

Shell’s chemical investments on track, lifting company’s earnings expectations

Posted on November 14th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Capturing growth in petrochemicals has to also be about capturing value, whether you are a standalone player or a producer integrated back to the refinery or other source of feedstocks. Making money down the chain has never been assured and typically runs in cycles. Feedstock cost volatility and the fluctuation of supply and demand see to that. Continue reading “Shell’s chemical investments on track, lifting company’s earnings expectations” »

Shell reveals cracker plans at ACC Colorado Springs meeting

Posted on July 8th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

At the recent American Chemistry Council (ACC) meeting, Shell announced that they will build a new polyethylene complex in Pennsylvania.  The decision, which is influenced by the cheap price of gas coming from the nearby Marcellus shale, reflects Shell’s confidence in the mid-term price “stability” of gas in North America and their increasing focus on the chemicals sector as a strategic complement to their global ethylene footprint. Continue reading “Shell reveals cracker plans at ACC Colorado Springs meeting” »