EIA Sees Ethane Production, Consumption Rising Through 2018

EIA Sees Ethane Production, Consumption Rising Through 2018

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.

January 18, 2017

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.

December 2, 2016

Williams Partners Weighing Geismar Plant Sale

Williams Partners LP is considering selling its interest in the Geismar, LA, olefins plant and complex. The process might result in a sale or a long-term, fee-for-service tolling agreement, the company said.

September 7, 2016

‘World-Scale’ MEG Facility Planned For Dow’s Texas Gulf Coast Complex

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.

March 22, 2016

Shale Gale Still Blows in Petchem Sector as Projects Advance

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.

December 18, 2015

Shell’s Geismar Expansion to Create World’s Largest Alpha Olefins Facility

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.

November 30, 2015

Cheap Gulf Coast NGLs Inspire New LyondellBasell Plant

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.

November 23, 2015

Consortium With Global Footprint to Lead Ohio Cracker Engineering

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.

September 9, 2015

Geismar Nearing Full, Expanded NGL Output Rate

Six months after its restart, the Geismar, LA, olefins plant is up to 87% of its full expanded production rate, Williams Partners LP said late Thursday.

June 19, 2015

Shell Completes Purchase of Possible Cracker Site in Pennsylvania

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.

June 18, 2015