June 2003

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Middle East operators plan polyethylene expansions

Many factors affect global polyethylene (PE) prices. Several major business conditions include: consumer spending, retail sales, oil prices, ethane (propane) inventories and values, nat..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Many factors affect global polyethylene (PE) prices. Several major business conditions include: consumer spending, retail sales, oil prices, ethane (propane) inventories and values, natural gas prices and inventories, polymer imports and export levels, etc. However, the primary drivers that affect PE market and prices are: Geopolitical uncertainty Feedstock and energy-cost volatility Consumer confidence. The unexpected gas cost surge in early 2003 stunned the North American market. In particular, US Gulf Coast producers were at a disadvantage due to high natural gas prices in 2003. The same market effects impacted Gulf

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