BMI View: The performance of Qatar's petrochemicals industry picked up in Q216 on the back of rising
polyethylene export volumes, improved prices and a rise in the ethane-naphtha spread. However, this
should not be seen as indicative of a trend as risks are posed by t ..."
The effects of the US shale gas revolution, low oil prices, high construction costs, China's self-sufficiency
and the lifting of sanctions on Iran are all downside risks that are likely to prevent Qatar from capitalising
on its indigenous resources.
In 2015, exp ..."
BMI View: The competitiveness of Qatar's ethane-fed petrochemicals industry is being diminished by the sustained low cost of naphtha feedstock used by its competitors as well as over-supply in key export markets, which is driving down product prices. Having cancelled major petroc ..."
The rise in naphtha prices has enabled Qatar's ethane-fed petrochemicals industry to regain some of the
competitive edge it lost in the past year. However, this is unlikely to lead to a revival of shelved or
postponed petrochemicals projects. Local producers are still ..."
BMI View: The competitiveness of Qatar's petrochemicals industry is being put under increasing pressure
from the widening of the ethane-naphtha feedstock price differential. The prospect of a lifting of sanctions
on Iran further poses threats to Qatar's petrochemicals ..."
BMI View: Following the cancellations of the Al Sejeel and Al Karaana petrochemicals projects, Qatar's
drive towards petrochemicals development over the medium term has been severely slowed, undermining its
stake in global production growth and preventing the country ..."
Qatar's reliance on ethane feedstock has limited its petrochemicals industry as it does not produce the same
range of by-products as other countries, such as the US and China, which rely on other feedstocks such as
naphtha, according to BMI's latest Qatar Petrochemica ..."
BMI's latest Qatar Petrochemicals Report examines the rising role of fertiliser in the sector, its prospects for
growth and anticipated risks. Qatar is aiming to become one of the world leaders in chemical fertiliser
production, but it faces rising feedstock costs and ..."
The Qatari petrochemicals industry has so far focused on high-volume production of basic chemicals.
Recent developments show that the country is striving to add value to output with greater diversification in
downstream segments. The move towards a well-integrated dow ..."
Vehicle sales in Chile increased 15.0% year-on-year (y-o-y) in the first eight months of 2013, to 242,257
units. BMI forecasts a 10% increase over the course of the year. We expect sales to moderate somewhat in
the latter part of the year, as we believe t ..."