US OLEFINS — SECOND-HALF 2010: Ethylene markets return to normal

Dan LippePetral Worldwide Inc.HoustonAfter the turmoil in operations and pricing during first-half 2010, US olefins markets were nearly normal during second-half 2010.Ethylene producers pushed ethane demand to record highs during third-quarter 2010. Demand for ethane declined in fourth quarter due to turnarounds and unplanned outages demand but remained strong by historic standards. Midstream infrastructure constraints (particularly raw mix pipeline capacity) will limit further expansion of ethane supply for the next few years, but ethane production will be sufficient to support demand at 900,000-920,000 b/d during 2011. Despite record high demand, ethane prices in North America remained ...

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