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11:09 AM MDT | July 25, 2007 | Robert Westervelt

Feedstock supply constraints and higher operating costs remain serious concerns in Canada but the Alberta provincial government’s recent move to encourage additional extraction of ethane has the industry talking about expansion for the first time in several years. Alberta’s Incremental Ethane Extraction Policy (IEEP), which was approved by the province’s cabinet earlier this month, will encourage increased ethane extraction by providing royalty credits for increased ethane consumption for use as feedstock by petrochemical facilities in Alberta...

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