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Ethane cracking spurs need for on-purpose butadiene technologies

08.01.2014  |  DuBose, Ben ,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, Texas

Several companies are teaming up to develop technology to produce butadiene from the suddenly-abundant butane supplies from the US shale boom.

Keywords: [butadiene] [ethane] [cracking] [on-purpose]

The ongoing shale boom has generally been a welcome development for the US petrochemical sector, but some niche markets have been left out. With olefins producers cracking shale-gas-derived ethane rather than oil-based naphtha, one downside is fewer co-product volumes.

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