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Feedstocks: Boosted by Shale Gas Production

8:12 AM MST | January 9, 2012 | Lindsey Bewley

The increase in shale gas production has dramatically transformed the outlook for North American energy supplies and for the petrochemical industry. Petrochemical makers in particular stand to benefit from an extended period of low natural gas prices as it uses natural gas as a source of fuel and feedstock. Production of shale-based natural gas has resulted in lower prices for natural gas used for power generation and petrochemical feedstock, and increased NGL supplies. Ethane and propane continue to dominate feedslates, accounting for about 83% of ethylene...

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