United Arab Emirates Petrochemicals Report

Published 08 May 2015

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United Arab Emirates Petrochemicals Report

BMI View: The UAE petrochemicals industry is faced with a global market trend in which ethane is losing its competitive advantage against naphtha, which is putting pressure on the recently expanded Borouge facility which is heavily reliant on ethane.

National oil producer ADNOC has recently expanded its refining facilities at Ruwais, but its growing naphtha output is being sold on external markets at low prices due to the falling cost of crude. Meanwhile, its Borouge petrochemicals subsidiary has significant increased capacities, which are reliant on ethane and are unable to capitalise on the decline in crude prices.

At the same time, external markets like China and India are witnessing a slowdown in demand while they are at the same time becoming self-sufficient. Added to the issue of reduced sanctions on Iran, which offers the prospect of a massive rise in Iranian exports. These market factors will constrain prices and growth. However, the UAE's petrochemicals industry will see improvements in the years ahead, in line with a recovery in global markets.

Key Developments

  • Future developments will see the development of the Chemaweyaat complex, which will utilise naphtha within its feedstock mix. It will include a mixed feed cracker with 1.5mn tpa ethylene capacity, an aromatics complex and a range of downstream polymer and chemical units. It is scheduled to start production in 2015, but BMI believes that it is more likely to start in 2016. It is expected to be the world's largest fully integrated grass roots chemical complex with capacities, aside from the ethylene unit, including 690,000tpa propylene, 950,000tpa PE and 440,000tpa PP.

  • The availability of naphtha in the UAE is being boosted by refinery expansion at Ruwais, helping to retain the Emirati industry's competitive edge and enabling it to produce a wider range of products. The cheaper price of naphtha should also work to boost the sector on global markets. The 400,000 barrels per day (b/d)...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
7
SWOT
8
Political
10
Economic
11
Operational Risk
12
Industry Forecast
14
Table: UAE's Petrochemicals Projects
16
Table: UAE's Petrochemicals Sector - Capacity, 2011-2019 ('000 tpa)
17
Macroeconomic Forecast
18
Economic Analysis
18
Private Spending Growth To Remain High
19
Concerns Over Emiratisation Policies Resurface
20
Table: Economic Activity (United Arab Emirates 2010-2019)
22
Table: GDP By Expenditure (United Arab Emirates 2012-2019)
22
Industry Risk/Reward Index
24
MEA Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index
24
Table: MEA Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index - Q3 2015
27
UAE Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index
28
Market Overview
30
Table: The UAE's Petrochemicals Sector - Cracker Capacity, 2012-2019 ('000 tpa)
31
Industry Trends And Developments
32
Abu Dhabi
33
Dubai And The Northern Emirates
35
Fertiliser
36
Overseas Investment
36
Developments In Related Industries
37
Table: Major UAE Oil And Gas Concessions
38
Company Profile
40
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
40
Abu Dhabi Polymers (Borouge)
45
Regional Overview
48
Middle East And Africa Overview
48
Tightening Ethane Supplies
49
Diversification The Long-Term Focus
50
Africa Falls Behind
51
Global Industry Overview
53
Project Cancellation: the Impact of US Expansion and Low Oil Prices
53
Outlook for 2015: Falling prices
55
Medium-term outlook
56
China versus the US: feedstock wars
57
Global - Crude Oil, Refined Fuels And Natural Gas Prices, 10-year Forecasts
61
Table: Energy Price Forecasts, 2013-2018
61
Table: Energy Price Forecasts, 2019-2024 ( Global 2019-2024)
62
Demographic Forecast
64
Demographic Outlook
64
Table: Population Headline Indicators (United Arab Emirates 1990-2025)
65
Table: Key Population Ratios (United Arab Emirates 1990-2025)
65
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (United Arab Emirates 1990-2025)
66
Table: Population By Age Group (United Arab Emirates 1990-2025)
66
Table: Population By Age Group % (United Arab Emirates 1990-2025)
67
Glossary
69
Table: Glossary Of Petrochemicals Terms
69
Methodology
70
Industry Forecast Methodology
70
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
72
Table: Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index Indicators
73
Table: Weighting Of Indicators
74

The United Arab Emirates Petrochemicals Report has been researched at source, and features BMI Research's market assessment and independent forecasts for key petrochemicals sub-sectors. The report also analyses the impact of regulatory changes, recent developments and the background macroeconomic outlook and features competitive landscapes comparing companies by products and services, sales, market share, investments, projects, partners and expansion strategies.

BMI's United Arab Emirates Petrochemicals Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Emirati petrochemicals industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent petrochemicals industry forecasts to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Emirati petrochemicals market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Emirati petrochemicals sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in United Arab Emirates.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. KPIs and latest activity).

Coverage

BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis, covering the petrochemicals markets, regulatory changes, major investments, projects and company developments.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the petrochemicals sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (2009-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

  • Energy: Oil production (‘000 b/d), oil consumption (‘000 b/d), net oil exports (‘000 b/d), gas production (bcm), gas consumption (bcm), net gas exports (bcm), oil refinery capacity (‘000 b/d).
  • Petrochemicals: Ethylene capacity (‘000 tpa), ethylene production (‘000 tpa), ethylene consumption (‘000 tpa), polyethylene capacity (‘000 tpa), polypropylene capacity (‘000 tpa), polyvinyl chloride capacity (‘000 tpa), polyolefins consumption (‘000 tpa).
  • Oil Products Prices: Price forecasts for all major oil-based products (USD/bbl) at major global energy trading hubs.
  • Economic: Nominal GDP (USDbn), real GDP growth (%), GDP per capita (USD), population (mn), unemployment (%), exchange rate (against USD).

BMI’s Petrochemicals Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (both corporate and financial) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Overview

Structure, size and value of the industry sector; overview of the industry landscape and key players; assessment of the business operating environment and the latest regulatory developments.

Industry Trends & Developments

Evaluation of company and sector-wide developments, including key projects (as well as expansion plans), latest company financial details and proposed international ventures.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

Global & Regional Market Overview

Analysis of the key trends driving the global industry, including worldwide output/capacity and demand analysis across ethylene, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate and polypropylene. The regional analysis looks at the implications of local and global trends on specific company activity.

Sub-sectors covered by the Petrochemicals Reports include:

Oil & Gas, Oil Refining, Olefins (ethylene, propylene), Polyolefins (polyethylene, polypropylene), Polyvinyl Chloride, Polystyrene

Please note – not all country Reports cover all sub-sectors – see website for details.

Sources

The Petrochemicals Market Reports are based on a network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations (ACC, APLA, Cefi c, ICCA, ICMA), national chambers of commerce and industry, national statistical offi ces, government ministries and central banks, and multinational companies.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.

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