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Study: Shale development to lead to ethylene exports

By Bob Downing Published: August 8, 2012

From the Oil and Gas Journal:

A natural gas liquids boom stemming from development of U.S. shale plays will result in the bulk of petrochemical products from natural gas liquids being exported with most going to Latin American, Energy Security Analysis Inc. says in recent report.

With U.S. demand for ethylene derivatives growing modestly, expanding petrochemical capacity will be export-oriented.

ESAI expects the US surplus of ethylene derivatives to expand to over 4 million tonnes/year (tpy) by 2016, a 40% increase from 2011.

The U.S. is seeing considerable activity, almost all of which is based on the frenetic pace of shale gas exploration and production and the prospects for cheap, large volumes of natural gas as potential feedstock.

 Consequently, U.S. ethylene is becoming more competitive in global markets given its feedstock price advantage over naphtha, Boston-based ESAI reported Aug. 2 in its 5-year Global Industrial Fuels Outlook.

Two proposed crackers tentatively are scheduled to come on stream during 2012-2016, and several existing plants are undergoing upgrades to absorb more ethane.

The last time a cracker was built in the U.S. was 2000.

In response to increased liquids production from Marcellus and Utica shales in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Royal Dutch Shell selected a site near Pittsburgh for the potential construction of a petrochemical complex.

Dow Chemical Co. plans to invest $1.7 billion to build a 1.5-million-tpy cracker at its Freeport, Tex., center.

 

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