US OLEFINS — SECOND-HALF 2011: US olefin production growth continues but more slowly

Dan Lippe Petral Worldwide Inc. Houston Although pundits and politicians repeatedly tell us US economic growth slowed in third and fourth quarters 2011, gross domestic product statistics from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis contradict these opinions. In fact, BEA statistics showed quarter-to-quarter growth rates averaged 0.93% for third and fourth quarters 2011 vs. 0.87% for first and second quarters 2011. For ethylene producers, microeconomic factors (such as downtime for turnarounds and trends in production costs from heavy feeds) rather than macroeconomic trends are frequently more important influences on short-term trends in ethylene production and profitability. Microeconomic fact...

Why Register?

Non-subscribers can only view whitepapers by providing name, home and email address, phone number and other information and comment on/rate articles.

Why Subscribe?

Oil & Gas Journal subscribers with login credentials can access these premium features of OGJ Online:

  • Current Issue – an html version of the current week's issue of Oil & Gas Journal.
  • Past Issues – An Electronic OGJ Archive. A keyword-searchable archive of all issues of Oil & Gas Journal dating back to 1990; also searchable by issue date.
  • Market Journal – a weekly round-up of the oil and gas markets, with observations from leading analysts.
  • Editor's Perspective – a short article of insight and opinion by the Editor of Oil & Gas Journal.
  • OGJ Industry Stats – quick access to current industry statistics from Oil & Gas Journal.
  • OGJ Survey Downloads - quick access to exclusive reports from Oil & Gas Journal.


Subscriber Help or Subscribe

Oil & Gas Journal Subscribers: Have your subscription number (from the mailing label on the cover of your Oil & Gas Journal) and e-mail address ready to set up your online account through Customer Service Assistant.

If you're not an Oil & Gas Journal subscriber, start a subscription and gain access to the subscriber areas of OGJ Online now.

Stay Connected