FIRST-HALF 2007 US OLEFINS: Gasoline price spike shifts ethylene feeds

Dan Lippe, Petral Worldwide Inc., HoustonExtraordinary price volatility in the motor gasoline market had a significant effect on spot prices and price-value relationships for ethylene feedstocks; but prices for primary coproducts lagged the surge in gasoline and feedstock prices. These shifts in feedstock and coproduct price relationships, in turn, influenced ethylene production costs and prompted ethylene producers to make significant changes in feed slates.Gasoline prices and octane values are significant factors that affect prices for light naphtha feedstocks and key coproducts including propylene, benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX). We measure relative strength in gasoline prices usi...

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