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Ethylene Prices Poised to Rise on Planned Outages

12:05 PM MDT | August 29, 2011 | —LINDSEY BEWLEY

North American ethylene prices are poised to rebound in the latter half of the current quarter on upcoming cracker turnarounds, market players say. At least four major cracker turnarounds are scheduled for September and October on the U.S. Gulf Coast, totaling about 3.1 million m.t./year of ethylene capacity. With two producers scheduled for maintenance in September and another two for October, prices could see an uptick heading into the fourth quarter, sources say. Formosa Plastics is scheduled for maintenance from the beginning of September to mid-October at...

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