12 April 2007 17:31 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Shipments of ethane on the ?xml:namespace>
This follows the suspension of ethylene shipments on the line last year.
The 1,900-mile Cochin feedstock pipeline moves natural gas liquids and petrochemicals from
The company had not yet determined if or when ethane shipments would resume, a spokeswoman said. Also, it currently had no plans to resume ethylene shipments, she said.
The removal of ethane would affect customers at the eastern end of the pipeline, the spokeswoman said but did not provide details.
John Cummings, an independent Toronto-based petrochemicals analyst, said that Imperial Oil’s ethylene plant in
Cummings estimated that the ExxonMobil-controlled company is drawing up to 9,000 bbl/day of ethane from
The company would likely look at using propane and butane to replace ethane, he said.
It could also supply additional feedstock from its
Spokespeople at Imperial's headquarters in Calgary were not immediately available for additional comment on Thursday morning.
Cummings added that Dow Chemical’s decision last year to close all its manufacturing plants at
Industry participants said recently that plans for a new refinery by Shell at
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