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Europe’s ethylene supply improves in January

6:46 AM MST | January 23, 2015 | —Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Ethylene supply in Europe improved in the first half of January as most production units returned to operation, IHS Chemical says. However, Shell Chemicals’ 940,000-m.t./year steam cracker at Moerdijk, Netherlands, has been off-line since last October because of technical issues and will not restart before the end of second-quarter 2015, Shell announced last November. Shell has thus been short of ethylene and propylene. But Shell will be able to source additional ethylene and propylene via a recently announced supply agreement with Versalis (Milan) under...

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