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IHS WPC: Three new EG plants in US likely by 2018

12:24 PM MDT | March 28, 2014

The United States will probably gain at least three new ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol (EO/EG) facilities by 2018, says Tison Keel, director/ethylene oxide and derivatives at IHS Chemical. Although very little new capacity has been announced, favorable economics and ample feedstock make a strong case for investment, he says. Keel spoke Thursday at the 2014 IHS World Petrochemical Conference. “It’s a good time to build,” Keel says. “First, there’s plenty of ethylene available.” North America will add at least 4.5 million m.t./year of ethylene capacity...

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