Ethane

TotalEnergies, Borealis Start Up Texas Ethane Cracker

TotalEnergies, Borealis Start Up Texas Ethane Cracker

TotalEnergies SE and Borealis AG reported last week they have begun commercial operations at their nearly $2 billion ethane cracker in Port Arthur, TX. The companies built the ethane cracker, with an ethylene production capacity of 1 Mt/y,  at TotalEnergies’ refinery in Port Arthur via their Bayport Polymers LLC 50/50 joint venture (JV).  “This investment…

July 25, 2022
NGL Extraction Process Designed to Cut Emissions, Cost

NGL Extraction Process Designed to Cut Emissions, Cost

Calgary-based Gas Liquids Engineering Ltd. (GLE) has designed a natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction process that could require less energy and lower operating costs.  GLE is touting the split absorber reflux (SABR) process, which extracts propane and ethane from natural gas. “In many cases, SABR can recover propane and ethane with lower energy use, and…

June 9, 2022
Ethane Consumption Said on Pace to Lead U.S. Petroleum Growth Through 2023

Ethane Consumption Said on Pace to Lead U.S. Petroleum Growth Through 2023

Ethane is expected to be the most widely consumed petroleum product in the United States in 2023, and it is already outpacing jet fuel and propane, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Ethane demand has grown every year since 2010 in the United States, EIA said, including a 50,000 b/d year/year increase in 2021.…

April 6, 2022
Braskem Reports Record U.S. Ethane Imports at Mexico Plant, with New Terminal Coming Soon

Braskem Reports Record U.S. Ethane Imports at Mexico Plant, with New Terminal Coming Soon

Brazilian petrochemicals giant Braskem SA reported record imports of ethane from the United States to its Braskem Idesa polyethylene plant in Mexico for a second straight quarter in the fourth quarter of 2021, and it expects a new ethane import terminal at the site to start up by 2024. CFO Pedro Freitas described a dramatically…

March 21, 2022
Appalachia NGL Feedstock Looking to Support Region’s Petrochemical Growth In 2022

Appalachia NGL Feedstock Looking to Support Region’s Petrochemical Growth In 2022

A long awaited petrochemical project is set to begin operations in the Appalachian Basin in 2022, and a second major investment in the region could get the green light this year.

January 10, 2022
Dow Readying Net-Zero Ethane Cracker in Alberta

Dow Readying Net-Zero Ethane Cracker in Alberta

Dow Inc. announced a plan Wednesday to develop a net-zero carbon emissions ethane cracker for an industrial customer in Alberta as a capacity expansion by its Fort Saskatchewan complex northeast of the provincial capital in Edmonton. The cracker, fueled by natural gas, would be capable of producing 1.8 million tons/year of ethylene. Environmental renovations of…

October 11, 2021
Pemex, Braskem Idesa End Ethane Supply Spat, to Partner on Import Terminal

Pemex, Braskem Idesa End Ethane Supply Spat, to Partner on Import Terminal

Mexican national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and Braskem Idesa have reached agreement on an ethane supply deal, bringing to an end a year-long dispute that threatened to shutter the largest petrochemicals operation in Latin America. The Brazil-based Braskem SA unit said on Tuesday Pemex would supply 30,000 b/d of ethane to the Etileno XXI…

September 28, 2021
EIA Says Expanded U.S. Capacity, Fleets Enabling Producers to Meet Mounting Ethane Demand

EIA Says Expanded U.S. Capacity, Fleets Enabling Producers to Meet Mounting Ethane Demand

Demand for ethane as a feedstock for petrochemical manufacturing is rebounding along with the global economy. Expanded capacity and tanker fleets are helping to meet that demand, fueling record export levels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Ethane is separated from natural gas at processing plants along with other natural gas liquids (NGL)…

June 26, 2021
Increased Ethane Supply Said Crucial to Mexico’s Petchem Sector

Increased Ethane Supply Said Crucial to Mexico’s Petchem Sector

Mexico’s petrochemicals sector has suffered from underinvestment and the prioritization of crude oil production by state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), according to a new issue brief published by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.  These factors have led to a steady decrease over the last decade in Pemex’s production of ethane and ethane…

April 19, 2021
No Deal Yet as Braskem Idesa, Pemex In Talks to Modify Ethane Supply Contract

No Deal Yet as Braskem Idesa, Pemex In Talks to Modify Ethane Supply Contract

The terms of a new ethane supply agreement between Mexican national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and petrochemical firm Braskem Idesa remain under discussion, despite indications from the government that a new agreement had been finalized, according to management of Braskem Idesa parent Braskem SA. The current 20-year, take-or-pay/supply-or-pay contract for Pemex to supply 66,000…

March 17, 2021
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