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Alternative Feedstocks

9:36 AM MST | February 23, 2009 | REBECCA COONS

The Solution to Petchem Volatility? The volatility of oil-based petrochemical prices, which constrained margins and crippled industry earnings last year, forced chemical producers to take a closer look at diversifying their feedstock base. Many firms have R&D projects under way involving coal- or renewable resource-based feedstocks, but these technologies present their own challenges that industry is at work to address. Kresge: Dow is in talks for U.S. coal-to-chemical project. Alternative feedstocks have not yet proven to deliver a return on investment, but...

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