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Ethane constraints drive Mideast producers to heavier feedstocks

6:19 AM MDT | September 6, 2013 | —Clay Boswell

Faced with the unfamiliar challenge of ethane supply limitations, petrochemical producers in the Mideast are shifting their attention to heavier feedstocks and higher value-added downstream products, according to the IHS Chemical World Analysis—Ethylene 2014. The situation contrasts with that in North America, where the petrochemical industry, revived by abundant shale energy resources, has surged back after a decade of decline. “Low regional ethane prices continue to support high ethylene margins for North American producers, while producers in other...

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