May 2001

Misc

In search of gas

Price and volatility are the main issues affecting natural gas. The HPI is conditioned to tolerate price increases as crude oil pricing rises. Yet, no one could forecast the ascent of g..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Price and volatility are the main issues affecting natural gas. The HPI is conditioned to tolerate price increases as crude oil pricing rises. Yet, no one could forecast the ascent of gas prices last winter. With $30/bbl oil pricing, gas prices were expected to rise; however, they shattered previous pricing ceilings to reach new highs as experienced in January 2001. However, for HPI facilities that use lighter feedstocks, the winter 2000/2001 price-roller coaster, pushed some facilities into a precarious situation in which feed costs exceeded the sale price of finished products. Consequently, some olefin manufactures too

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