Our Special Reports analyze issues of topical importance to the energy and chemicals industry. Each special report explores the subject matter in detail to providing an up-to-date and thorough understanding of the related issue allowing investment decisions and new business strategy to be formulated.
Recent reports include:
Low Carbon Intensity Ethylene - A Technoeconomic and Carbon Intensity Study
This report compares the various options for lowering carbon intensity of ethylene production via technoeconomic, carbon intensity, and strategic analysis. Regional cost and carbon intensity baselines, comparative carbon intensities (including breakdown and analysis by Scope 1, 2, and 3 Emissions) of decarbonization configurations, cost of productions, and impacts of carbon tax/credits on competitiveness (including break-even values) are analyzed across four regions: US, Brazil, China, and Western Europe. Additional regions/countries are available as an add-on.
Thermal Conversion Technologies – An Answer to Recycling Plastic Waste?
This report examines the technical, economic, and strategic aspects of thermal conversion (e.g., pyrolysis and hydrothermal treatment) technologies that are used to recycle mixed plastics waste. Selected developers of technologies were profiled and ranked under different criteria. The economic analysis of thermal conversion technologies, involving the production of feedstocks for olefins are provided for different geographic regions. In addition, the report includes an analysis of the plastic-based naphtha delivered cost competitiveness to Western Europe from the USGC, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. An ethylene carbon intensity analysis is provided. Strategic and business considerations are also included in the report.
Polyalphaolefins – Changing Market Landscape for Synthetic Lubricants
This special report will provide a detailed assessment of the key end-use trends and the global market outlook for polyalphaolefins (PAOs). Regional supply, demand and net trade balances for PAO will be developed for 2021-2040, as well as price forecasts for low- and high-viscosity PAOs under multiple crude oil price scenarios. In addition, profit margins and delivered cost competitiveness will be examined.
Cost Curves and the Evaluation of Petrochemicals Cost Competitiveness and Investment Attractiveness
The petrochemical industry has added over one billion tons of annual production capacity over the last decade, overwhelming demand in some sectors. But as consumption catches up, where will the next investment opportunities be? This report uses cost curve analysis to understand production cost competitiveness and couples results with offtake options to various demand centers, regional price and market forecasts, and capital investment to provide insight into potential project margins, profitability, and return on investment for products in the major petrochemical value chains including ethylene, propylene, butadiene, aromatics, and their key derivatives.
Impact of Sustainability on the Fertilizer Sector
This report will identify and evaluate practical technologies, processes, and products that can help fertilizer producers, distributors, and users meet sustainability goals and mandates. It will provide a road map to satisfy sustainability pressures on the fertilizer sector. Companies that have the right products and practices to succeed in an environment that features digital farming, regenerative agriculture, etc. will be identified. In addition, the report will describe the sustainability issues that are driving change in the competitive landscape of the fertilizer sector.
Olefins from Mixed Plastics Waste – Are Thermolysis Routes Viable?
This report will provide a strategic analysis of thermolysis technologies and how viable they are for olefins production from mixed plastics waste. Selected technology developers of pyrolysis and gasification processes will be profiled and ranked by different criteria. The economics for thermolysis technologies and olefins production will be provided for different geographic regions and oil price scenarios, and compared to the production of olefins by conventional technology. In addition, the report will include an analysis of the feedstock stream and a logistics overview of the feedstock and thermolysis products.
Plastics Recycling: Impact on the Polymers Industry in Asia Pacific – China, Japan and Australia
This report examines the impact of the recycling of plastics on virgin plastics demand in Asia Pacific, with a focus on China, Japan and Australia. It also provides insight into the recycling value chain, including an analysis of the industry structure, key players and acquisitions. An overview of the recycling initiatives and players in South East Asia is also included.
Sorting through Plastic Waste – Is Chemical Recycling a Solution?
This report examines the technical, economic and business aspects of chemical recycling of PET, PS and mixed plastics (plastics to fuel). Selected technology developers of chemical recycling are profiled and ranked under different criteria. The economics for chemically recycling several types of plastic waste are provided for different geographic regions, and compared to the production of virgin material by conventional technology. In addition, the report includes an analysis of the MSW stream and the economics for the incineration of waste with energy recovery.
Plastics Recycling: Impact on the Polymers Industry in Western Europe and the United States
This report analyzes the impact of the recycling of plastics on virgin plastics demand in Western Europe and the United States It will also provide insight into the recycling value chain, including an overview of the industry structure, key players and acquisitions. Recent changes in legislation, including China, are also highlighted in the report.