Workers at the construction site of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex near Svobodnyy, Russia, on August 18, 2020. The project, built in partnership with China, is set to become the world’s largest polymer plant. Photo: AFP Workers at the construction site of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex near Svobodnyy, Russia, on August 18, 2020. The project, built in partnership with China, is set to become the world’s largest polymer plant. Photo: AFP
Workers at the construction site of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex near Svobodnyy, Russia, on August 18, 2020. The project, built in partnership with China, is set to become the world’s largest polymer plant. Photo: AFP
Dmitriy Frolovskiy
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Eye on Asia by Dmitriy Frolovskiy

Asian demand is fuelling China’s growth as a petrochemicals powerhouse

  • Oil refineries in the US and Europe are flailing while China adds mega facilities, supported by demand for plastic and petrochemicals as Asia recovers more quickly from the pandemic

Workers at the construction site of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex near Svobodnyy, Russia, on August 18, 2020. The project, built in partnership with China, is set to become the world’s largest polymer plant. Photo: AFP Workers at the construction site of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex near Svobodnyy, Russia, on August 18, 2020. The project, built in partnership with China, is set to become the world’s largest polymer plant. Photo: AFP
Workers at the construction site of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex near Svobodnyy, Russia, on August 18, 2020. The project, built in partnership with China, is set to become the world’s largest polymer plant. Photo: AFP
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Dmitriy Frolovskiy

Dmitriy Frolovskiy

Dmitriy Frolovskiy is a political analyst and independent journalist. He is a consultant on policy and strategy, and has written about Russia’s foreign policy.