US OLEFINS - FOURTH QUARTER 2005: Hurricanes disrupt North American olefins industry

New seriesThis article represents the first of Oil & Gas Journal’s semiannual US Olefins series, which will alternate on a quarterly basis with the US Propane series. Dan Lippe, principal of Petral Consulting Inc., Houston (, is the author of both the propane and olefins series. Beginning with the present article and in future February and August installments, he will discuss movements and trends in the US ethylene and propylene industry at key points in these commodities’ annual cycle.In the last half of 2005, hurricanes disrupted operations at refineries and gas plants. The loss of feedstock supplies caused substantial problems for the olefins industry on ...

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