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Tightening aromatics present new opportunities for refiners

2:01 PM MDT | April 15, 2013 | —Clay Boswell

Gasoline production and naphtha cracking have historically supplied a reliable stream of aromatics to the US market, but changing feedslates, government mandates, and consumer preferences have disturbed the balance, tightening supplies and boosting prices. In the near term, downstream petrochemical producers can look forward to more of the same, but the situation could improve if petroleum refiners recognize the potential for aromatics to replace margin lost elsewhere, says Blake Eskew, v.p./downstream energy consulting at IHS. Refiners traditionally view...

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