The US petrochemical market has seen a flood of investments over the past few years on the heels of a production boom in unconventional North American hydrocarbons. The flow of capital has been welcomed as it transforms the North American chemical industry; one that was left for dead just five years ago as uncompetitive feedstock prices pushed companies toward consolidation. But, are there still opportunities for those looking for high returns on petrochemical investments? This analysis shows that there are still opportunities in the middle of this US-petrochemical super cycle.
Keep on cracking?
There have been 10 greenfield ethane-cracking projects announced for the US over the past few years and all have one goal in mind: reap historically high ethane cracking margins.