APIC ’12: Gas-to-olefins likely to come to the US – consultant

17 May 2012 10:50  [Source: ICIS news]

KUALA LUMPUR (ICIS)--Gas-to-olefins plants will likely be built in the US as low-priced methane from natural gas makes production economics attractive, one consultant said on Thursday.

“[France-based] Total has said that it could bring this technology to the US, close to its joint venture petrochemical facility with [Germany-based] BASF in Port Arthur,” said Jeffrey Plotkin, vice president at US-based consultancy Nexant, at the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Kuala Lumpur.

The technology, which Total plans to initially use in China, would convert methane to methanol, and then to ethylene and propylene, he added.

By: Joseph Chang
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