August 2005

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: US Gulf Coast must focus on value-chain products to compete

What is the future of the US Gulf Coast petrochemical industry? According to Avi Nash, market analyst and formerly a partner with Goldman Sachs, the US Gulf Coast petrochemical industry will be viable..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What is the future of the US Gulf Coast petrochemical industry? According to Avi Nash, market analyst and formerly a partner with Goldman Sachs, the US Gulf Coast petrochemical industry will be viable, but it will be different from its current makeup. Similar to the Western European petrochemical industry, US Gulf Coast producers will operate differently. These producers will use alternate feedstocks and apply a new product mix. This group will be composed of different players (companies) and measure profitability with changed metrics. Many factors will influence the reshaping of the US petrochemical industry (Fig. 2). Key issues are energy, regulations and demand. Political f

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