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New North American crackers come online beginning in 2015

6:52 AM MST | November 22, 2013 | —Clay Boswell

For the first decade of this century, it was easy to say how many ethylene projects were under development in North America because there were none. Now, however, it is easy to lose track. The number could change at any moment, as the recent announcement by Odebrecht shows. On 14 November, the Brazilian engineering and construction firm said that it may build an ethane cracker and three polyethylene (PE) plants in West Virginia, a project the company calls the Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise, or Ascent. Odebrecht would operate the utilities, while its...

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