31 March 2009 19:09 [Source: ICIS news]
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--US demand for crude C4 could increase in 2009 due to growing US appetite for more economical feedstocks, a market participant said on Tuesday.
However, feedstocks are only part of the equation, the source said, adding that if butadiene (BD) demand fails to rebound, little will happen on the C4 side.
C4 is used in extraction units as a feedstock for BD production.
“BD is the wild card right now,” the source said on the sidelines of the 2009 International Petrochemical Conference in
A Middle Eastern C4 producer attending the conference welcomed prospects of higher US C4 demand.
The producer said it shipped 20,000 tones of C4 to the US in 2008, down from 100,000 tonnes in 2007.
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