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Mideast Producers Reap Benefits of Low-Cost Production

3:47 PM MST | November 28, 2011 | —Liindsey Bewley and Robert Westervelt

Al-mana: Mideast markets are developing. Thoelke: Feedstock advantage prevails. Mideast producers continue to benefit from the region’s abundant and cheap feedstocks, and retain their position as the world’s lowest-cost producer of ethylene and derivatives due to a wave of capacity builds. Ethylene capacity in the Mideast has doubled, from about 14 million m.t. at the start of 2007 to more than 28 million m.t. in 2011, according to IHS CMAI (Houston). The region is expected to account for almost 20% of global ethylene capacity by the end of 2011...

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