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Strong Margins Forecast for Petchems

U.S., Mideast Will Benefit, Says IHS Chemical World Analysis Service

8:39 AM MST | January 6, 2012

The long-term outlook for many petrochemical products looks healthy over the next few years, according to studies completed by the IHS Chemical 2012 World Analysis Service. Obvious winners are olefins based on light feedstocks. North America and the Middle East, the two regions with the greatest access to light feeds, are enjoying strong margins, leading to the announcement of ethylene capacity additions for North America. However, the majority of these additions will not be commissioned until after 2016. Light-feed crackers will continue to have a massive cost...

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