U.S ethane production is expected to increase over the next two years as the petrochemical industry consumes more and new export facilities ramp-up their overseas shipments, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latestShort-Term Energy Outlook.
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North American Petrochemical Industry Warily Eyeing Potential Overcapacity, a Trump Pullback on Trade
The North American petrochemical complex is enjoying a stunning renaissance from flexible natural gas supply and low commodity prices, but uncertainty is looming from a surfeit of manufacturing capacity, strengthening overseas competition and a Trump presidency that has promised to revamp trade, executives said Thursday.
Dow Chemical Co.’s Oyster Creek petrochemical complex south of Houston is adding a “world-scale” monoethylene glycol (MEG) manufacturing facility that is scheduled to be in operation by the middle of 2019, project developers said Tuesday.
There might be blood in the shale patch, but downstream there’s cheap fuel and feedstock continuing to support a Gulf Coast petrochemical renaissance that is projected to grow production capacities for ethylene and derivatives substantially in the coming years.
A unit of Royal Dutch Shell plc plans to begin construction early next year on a $717 million expansion at its Geismar campus in Ascension Parish, LA, which would make the site the largest alpha olefins (AO) producer in the world.
LyondellBasell said it would proceed with plans to build the world’s largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in the Houston area.
PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) pcl, Thailand’s state-owned petrochemical and refining company, has enlisted an international consortium of engineering firms to conduct preliminary design work and cost estimates for its proposed ethane cracker in Southeast Ohio.
After more than three years, Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC has completed its purchase of land in western Pennsylvania where it tentatively plans to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker.