IHS WPC 2012: Shale Reshapes Ethylene Markets

Bewley, Lindsey
April 2012
Chemical Week;4/2/2012, Vol. 174 Issue 10, p15
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the effect that premiums on crude oil prices relative to natural gas has had on ethylene markets. It states that ethane-to-ethylene economics in North America have become profitable due to low-cost natural gas and natural gas liquid feedstocks from North American shale gas. It mentions that polyethylene production dominates ethylene demand, driven primarily by non-durable applications. Vice President Mark Eramo at IHS Chemical talks about forecasts for ethane cracking.


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