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Middle East: Growing Up

8:10 AM MST | November 26, 2011

Producers in the Middle East are nearing the end of a five-year growth spurt. Ethylene capacity is expected to reach 28 million m.t. in 2011, doubling from 14 million m.t. in 2007, according to CMAI (Houston). The region now accounts for almost 20% of global ethylene capacity, compared with only 11% in 2007. Expansions will continue but at a slower pace than the 20%-25% annual rate of the past few years. Borouge has been a key player in the build up (p. 23). The company ramped up its Borouge 2 project this year, bringing capacity to more than 2 million m.t. It...

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