Ethane

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
Energy Transfer Texas Terminal Exports First Very Large Ethane Carrier

Energy Transfer Texas Terminal Exports First Very Large Ethane Carrier

The first very large ethane carrier (VLEC) has been exported from Energy Transfer LP’s (ET) Nederland Terminal in East Texas loaded with more than 911,000 bbl of ethane destined for northeastern Jiangsu Province, China. Dallas-based ET said the VLEC was loaded by Orbit Gulf Coast NGL Exports LLC, its joint venture with Satellite Petrochemical USA…

January 20, 2021
Bakken Midstream Mulling Ethane-Natural Gas Power Plant

Bakken Midstream Mulling Ethane-Natural Gas Power Plant

Bakken Midstream Natural Gas LLC is considering developing a dual-fuel electric cooperative power plant in North Dakota that would primarily operate on ethane, with natural gas also in the fuel mix. Bakken Midstream is proposing to build the Williston Basin Energy Center for Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative near Williston, ND, in the heart of the Bakken…

January 19, 2021
Fitch Downgrades Braskem Idesa After Mexico Cuts off Natural Gas Transport Service

Fitch Downgrades Braskem Idesa After Mexico Cuts off Natural Gas Transport Service

Fitch Ratings has downgraded the debt of Mexico petrochemicals firm Braskem Idesa after state natural gas pipeline operator Cenagas cut off natural gas transport service to the firm’s Etileno XXI polyethylene complex in Veracruz state. With the transport service rescinded, Braskem Idesa was forced to shut down Etileno XXI, the largest petrochemicals operation in Latin…

December 9, 2020
COLUMN: Cessation of Gas Supply to Etileno XXI Worrying Sign for Energy Industry

COLUMN: Cessation of Gas Supply to Etileno XXI Worrying Sign for Energy Industry

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following column by Eduardo Prud’homme as part of a regular series on understanding this process. Prud’homme was central to the development of Cenagas, the nation’s natural gas pipeline operator, an entity formed in 2015 as part of…

December 4, 2020
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