April 2003

Misc

Feedstocks’ pricing – survival in the belly of the beast

For natural-gas-based petrochemicals, feedstock pricing has been a true beast of burden. Recent high natural gas pricing in North America (NA) is great for suppliers. Yet, for users, hi..

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For natural-gas-based petrochemicals, feedstock pricing has been a true beast of burden. Recent high natural gas pricing in North America (NA) is great for suppliers. Yet, for users, high feedstocks and energy pricing, low demand and struggling global economy have combined for a triple whammy. "The high natural gas values of 2000 - 2003 have done severe, perhaps long-term, damage to the US olefins industry - and, more importantly, to its customers," according to Gary Adams, President of CMAI, Houston, Texas.1 The Gulf Coast olefins industry is withstanding another hard economic challenge. For years, the Gulf Coast

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