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APLA: Gas and Biomass Open Opportunities for Petrochemicals

9:08 AM MST | November 12, 2010 | —Lyn Tattum in Rio De Janeiro

Top of the agenda at last week’s 30th Annual Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) meeting in Rio de Janeiro was the shifting hydrocarbon feedstock landscape and new opportunity presented by neighboring U.S. shale gas discoveries plus so-called “below-the-salt” Brazilian gas arising from deep drilling. Opening speaker Luiz Carlos Costamilan, an expert in natural gas, lauded the “silent revolution” prompted by explosive growth in U.S. shale gas supply since 2008. Horizontal drilling and well fracturing techniques to extract gas from shale have...

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