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Butadiene Supply Constraints Fuel Spot Price Surge

9:00 AM MST | February 25, 2008 | Rebecca Coons

Butadiene contracts settled at a record high of 61 cts/lb for February contracts, and spot prices continue to firm, adding 15 cts/lb to reach 67-69 cts/lb in recent weeks, sources say. Planned and unplanned outages have led to short-term butadiene shortages, market sources say. A cracker at Dow Chemical’s Freeport, TX site has been shut down since January 11 for five-six weeks of planned maintenance, and one of Dow’s ethylene units at St. Charles, LA is rumored to have gone down on February 9, sources say. Crackers at Huntsman’s Port Neches, TX...

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