SPECIAL REPORT: Ethane varies by region

Ethane is seldom transported in ships from one region to another due to the high costs of shipping cryogenic products and a general lack of petrochemical demand beyond indigenous supplies. Despite that difficulty, ethane is an extremely important component of the global petrochemical industry.Nearly all ethane is extracted from natural gas. Its physical properties are between those of methane and propane. Methane is the main component of natural gas, and much of the ethane can either be left in the gas or extracted from it along with the LPG.Whether to recover ethane generally depends on the economics of extracting it from the produced natural gas. If ethane is to be recovered, its price ...

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