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IHS WPC 2014: Shale shift raises concerns for some non-ethylene value chains

7:39 AM MDT | March 28, 2014 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Diminished production of propylene and butadiene as a result of the shift toward lighter feedstocks is a growing challenge for integrated petrochemical producers, says Heidi Alderman,  senior v.p./petrochemicals at BASF. Alderman was speaking at IHS Chemical’s World Petrochemical Conference now taking place in Houston.  The shale gas advantage is being not passed through to downstream producers, Alderman says. That presents challenges to producers who are not fully integrated upstream. BASF is long ethylene in the United States, but is a net...

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