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Feedstocks pinch Mideast

6:23 AM MST | November 16, 2012

A shortage of feedstocks in the Mideast states is transforming the region’s petrochemicals industry, starting a shift toward value-added industries, as this week’s cover story by Natasha Alperowicz shows (p. 23). New projects aiming to secure ethane contracts have to compete with high demand from existing petrochemical producers and from the region’s power suppliers. Saudi Arabia, which accounts for almost two-thirds of the region’s petrochemical production, is targeting a steep rise in output of petrochemicals. But the Saudi authorities...

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