Feedstock

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 Expanding Monthly Biofuels Updates

EIA Expanding Monthly Biofuels Updates

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) plans to issue monthly reports that expand upon biofuels data. EIA’s first edition of Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update was published Wednesday (March 31) with January data. “We developed the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update because of the significant growth in U.S. production of renewable fuels,” said…

April 11, 2021
Braskem Idesa Partially Restores Operations at Mexico Petrochemical Complex

Braskem Idesa Partially Restores Operations at Mexico Petrochemical Complex

Braskem Idesa said Thursday it had partially restored operations at the Etileno XXI polyethylene complex in Mexico’s Veracruz state. In December, Mexico natural gas system operator Cenagas canceled the company’s access to pipeline natural gas supply, forcing Braskem Idesa to shut down Etileno XXI, the largest petrochemicals operation in Latin America.  The Etileno plant uses…

January 7, 2021

Future of Natural Gas Appears Squeezed by Methane Emissions, Electrification

The American Gas Association (AGA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this month issued contrasting pictures of the future of natural gas as a major U.S. fuel source.

December 23, 2019

Panama Canal Expansion, Mexico Reforms Rewriting LPG Trade

Mexico’s energy reforms, in combination with the expansion of the Panama Canal, have reconfigured the fortunes for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), according to an analysis by IHS Markit.

November 8, 2017

Petchem Demand Robust as U.S. Feedstock Cost Advantage Fluctuates

Global ethylene demand will grow by about 90 million tons (60%) over the next 15 years, and “the U.S. Gulf Coast is in pole position for this feedstock-driven capacity growth,” the CEO of a logistics provider to the chemical industry told a Houston audience Wednesday.

March 18, 2016
Shale Gas Could Fuel Plastics Industry Boom During Next Decade

Shale Gas Could Fuel Plastics Industry Boom During Next Decade

The U.S. plastics industry is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, fueled by cheap and abundant shale natural gas that's made it more competitive with overseas markets, according to a report by economists at the American Chemistry Council.

May 18, 2015
Shale Gas Could Fuel Plastics Industry Boom During Next Decade

Shale Gas Could Fuel Plastics Industry Boom During Next Decade

The U.S. plastics industry is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, fueled by cheap and abundant shale natural gas that’s made it more competitive with overseas markets, according to a report by economists at the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

May 18, 2015

North Dakota Primed for PetChem Development, Analyst Says

In an industry in which low-cost feedstock is key, North Dakota’s wealth of natural gas liquids (NGL) makes the state a natural candidate for the development of downstream opportunities in the chemicals industry and all of its offshoots, a researcher/consultant said Wednesday at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, ND. Ultimately, the model is to do what Alberta, Canada did two decades ago and bring in global partners already in the chemical business.

May 27, 2014

Gas Boom Nurturing U.S. Fertilizer Industry Growth

U.S. manufacturers of ammonia-based nitrogen fertilizer made with low cost natural gas feedstock are raking in profits and moving ahead with plans to expand domestic operations.

January 17, 2013
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