US ETHANE OUTLOOK —Conclusion: Midstream, petchem players must face problems of increased ethane capacity

This conclusion to a two-part series on the outlook for US ethane analyzes changes occurring in the US ethylene industry and whether that industry can consume more ethane supplies that are poised to come onto the market. This part also examines the magnitude of the ethane extraction overhang and its implications for gas producers, gas processors, and ethylene producers. Part 1 (OGJ, Feb. 16, 2009, p. 44) described the fundamentals that drive US ethane balances, detailed the market forces driving the expansion of US gas processing capacity, and forecast how these expansions will increase the ability to extract ethane in the USUS ethane demandThe US ethylene industry consumes more than 50% ...

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