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CMAI: Mideast Olefins Excess Starting to Head West

7:34 AM MDT | April 28, 2009 | Alex Scott in Doha

The chemicals industry is at a turning point in the global supply of olefins as this will be the first year that olefins production from the Middle East cannot be absorbed by China, Darren Smith, a partner with consulting group CMAI (Houston), told delegates at Süd-Chemie’s “Defining the Future Conference” in Doha earlier today. Middle East olefins production-featuring ethylene and its derivatives-that is not absorbed by China will first find its way to European as well as some Asian markets, Smith says. “It’s a...

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