December 2013

Trends and Resources

HP Industry Perspectives: Middle East threatened by North American petrochemical exports

North American petrochemical producers have had lofty margins in recent years, given ample ethane feedstocks derived from the regional shale boom.Those margins, in turn, are leading to plans for new c..

DuBose, Ben, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

North American petrochemical producers have had lofty margins in recent years, given ample ethane feedstocks derived from the regional shale boom. Those margins, in turn, are leading to plans for new capacity, which could eventually give those producers more petrochemical products than the North American market can handle and put key companies in a position to need exports. Could that threaten producers elsewhere—most notably, in the Middle East, which historically has exported products to Asia and Europe? According to a recent HydrocarbonProcessing.com industry poll, it very well could. Poll results With hundreds of votes cast, 44% said that Middle East petrochemical producers woul

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