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The France-based oil and petrochemical player will shift its feedstock slate towards using more gas as it expands capacity in the US and shuts down plants in Europe
Europe's petrochemical producers are likely to do everything they can over the next few years to drive production costs down and, where realistic, to weed out uncompetitive capacity.
A number of players - Switzerland-headquartered INEOS, Italy-based Versalis and Austria's Borealis - are looking seriously at importing ethane from the US to feed crackers in Europe.
INSIGHT: Crude price falls push petchems lower, raise price volatility
“Everyone is on the sidelines because they don’t know where the bottom is and don’t know what to do.”
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