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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 With the transport service rescinded, Braskem Idesa was forced to shut down Etileno XXI, the largest petrochemicals operation in Latin…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
Phillips 66 Sees Midstream Consolidation as ‘Likely to Happen’

Phillips 66 Sees Midstream Consolidation as ‘Likely to Happen’

After the recent flurry of mergers and acquisitions in the upstream space across North America, Phillips 66 thinks the midstream space is ripe for consolidation. The Houston-based management group discussed third quarter performance for the energy manufacturing and logistics firm during a conference call with analysts Friday. CFO Kevin Mitchell thinks the company could position…

November 2, 2020
Work on Shell’s Pennsylvania Ethane Cracker Progressing, but Schedule Clouded by Covid-19

Work on Shell’s Pennsylvania Ethane Cracker Progressing, but Schedule Clouded by Covid-19

Construction of Royal Dutch Shell plc’s multi-billion dollar ethane cracker in western Pennsylvania is about 70% complete, while the 98-mile pipeline system that would feed the facility is 95% complete, a company executive said Tuesday, noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has complicated the project. “All of the major equipment is up, all of the modules…

September 29, 2020
Mexico Poised to Ramp Up Ethane Imports Amid Insufficient Local Supply

Mexico Poised to Ramp Up Ethane Imports Amid Insufficient Local Supply

Mexico will need to build out infrastructure to import ethane in order to keep its petrochemicals industry afloat amid insufficient domestic natural gas production, according to local experts. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s recent call to renegotiate or even cancel an ethane supply agreement between state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the Etileno XXI…

August 27, 2020
Increased Ethane Imports Said Necessary to Keep Mexico Petchem Industry Afloat

Increased Ethane Imports Said Necessary to Keep Mexico Petchem Industry Afloat

Mexico will need to build out new infrastructure to import ethane in order to keep its petrochemicals industry afloat amid insufficient domestic natural gas production, according to local experts. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s recent call to renegotiate or even cancel an ethane supply agreement between state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and the Etileno…

August 26, 2020
Scarce Natural Gas Supply Driving Another Contractual Dispute Between Mexico’s AMLO, Private Sector

Scarce Natural Gas Supply Driving Another Contractual Dispute Between Mexico’s AMLO, Private Sector

Natural gas supply is once again at the heart of a contractual dispute between Mexico’s government and the private sector, with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s sights now trained on the Etileno XXI petrochemicals plant owned by Braskem Idesa in Veracruz state. López Obrador said Monday the terms under which state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos…

August 19, 2020
EIA Says U.S. Ethane Production to Grow at Steady Clip Through 2021

EIA Says U.S. Ethane Production to Grow at Steady Clip Through 2021

A rebound in demand for ethane as a key feedstock for petrochemical manufacturing should fuel production growth through 2021, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA forecasted in its August Short-Term Energy Outlook that ethane production would exceed 2 million b/d by the fourth quarter. That would mark a 9% increase from the start…

August 14, 2020
Daelim Cites Covid-19 in Dropping Stake in Ohio Ethane Cracker

Daelim Cites Covid-19 in Dropping Stake in Ohio Ethane Cracker

PTT Global Chemical pcl has lost its equity partner in a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker proposed for southeast Ohio.  Daelim Chemical USA dropped its stake, citing the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the project timeline and the global economy’s impact on its investment plans. PTT affiliate PTTGC America LLC said it would move ahead with the…

July 17, 2020
‘Inevitable’ Downturn Seen in U.S. NGL Production, but Midstreamers Appear Optimistic

‘Inevitable’ Downturn Seen in U.S. NGL Production, but Midstreamers Appear Optimistic

A sharp recovery in natural gas liquids (NGL) production projected in the Permian Basin won’t be enough to stave off a dramatic decline in overall U.S. output, which Rystad Energy is forecasting will tumble to under 4.2 b/d in 2021.

June 17, 2020
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