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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals

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 understanding of 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.
Sep 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Olefins from Mixed Plastics Waste – Are Thermolysis Routes Viable?

This report examines the technical, economic and business aspects of thermolysis (i.e., pyrolysis and gasification) of mixed plastics waste. Analyses of the mixed plastics waste and the thermolysis plant location are included in the report. Selected developers of pyrolysis and gasification technologies are profiled and ranked under different criteria. The economic analysis of thermolysis technologies (involving the production of syn-naphtha and methanol) and olefins production (i.e., ethylene and byproduct propylene) are provided for different geographic regions. In addition, the report includes an analysis of the regional competitiveness and profitability in the USGC, WE, and China of olefins production compared with various oil price scenarios. Strategic and business considerations are also included in the report.
May 2020
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics
Oil, Gas and Refined Products

Petrochemical Price Scenarios at $20/bbl Brent

Global energy markets have been quick to react to the evolving coronavirus situation.  Crude oil prices have plummeted as oil producing countries have disagreed on production strategies to support pricing levels given the current global supply glut.   In response to this, a new Low Low scenario offers pricing for principle feedstocks (petroleum and gas based), olefins, polyolefins and aromatics.   The scenario assumes crude oil prices remain depressed at a steady $20 per barrel in real terms through 2025.  Analysis is provided in Excel, with accompanying presentation and discussion time with the Lead Consultant.
Oct 2019
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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals

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.
Jan 2019
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Oil, Gas and Refined Products
Petrochemicals

White Paper: Electric Vehicles – Disruptions in the Chemicals and Refining Industries

Electric Vehicles (EVs) have gained significant momentum in recent years, supported by regulatory incentives, changing consumer perception and the willingness of much of the auto manufacturing industry to throw its weight behind the development of affordable electric models in large numbers.  So, how will the growth of EVs impact the mining, oil and gas, petrochemical/ polymers industries?  Will supply be able to adapt fast enough or become a limiting factor in EVs growth?   
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Petrochemicals
Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Changing Feedstock Trends and their Effects on the Surfactants Value Chain

This report will provide a comprehensive strategic analysis across the surfactants value chain including the synthetic and natural oil-based suppliers, and the formulators.  In particular, the study will examine how formulators view their supply options in the prevailing feedstock environment, and what is the potential value of innovation in this value chain.
Dec 2016
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics

Oil Price and the Cost Competitiveness of Petrochemicals

Given the large capital investments required to develop world scale petrochemical plants, project sponsors need to understand how the cost competitiveness and return on their investments will be impacted under various oil price scenarios.  This report analyzes investment opportunities based on three oil price scenarios and the impact it has on cost curve position, delivered cost, and return on capital.
Oct 2016
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics

C5 Chemicals: Unlocking Hidden Opportunities in Steam Crackers?

This report aims to provide a comprehensive business analysis, including commercial, technical, economic, and strategic considerations, addressing key issues facing the C5 chemicals sector. The report examines subjects related to availability of C5 chemicals (focused on isoprene, DCPD and piperylene), prospects and trends in the various regional C5 markets as well as general business structure within the C5 industry.
Sep 2016
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Petrochemicals
Oil, Gas and Refined Products

Natural Gas as a C1 Chemicals Feedstock - 2016 Update

This report considers the availability, now and in the future, of natural gas as a C1 chemicals feedstock both for the key existing markets and potential future markets.  Gas prices are projected through to 2040 based on the global gas outlook and the current and prospective pricing is then used to consider the comparative economics for the key chemicals for the different markets.

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