PODCAST: Saudi chemical producers under pressure as ethane price soars

Will Beacham


BARCELONA (ICIS)–Saudi Arabian petrochemical producers face a steep increase in production costs as the state-controlled price of ethane rises towards free market levels.

  • Saudi Arabia has increased ethane price from $1.50/MMBtu to $2.50/MMBtu
  • Pressure on producers as ethylene production costs rise from $75/tonne to $130/tonne
  • Middle East cannot continue to rely on China as a key chemical export market
  • As energy transition accelerates, chemicals will lose access to fossil-based feedstocks
  • High cost of electric vehicles is deterring mainstream buyers

In this Think Tank podcast, Will Beacham interviews ICIS Insight Editor Nigel Davis and Paul Hodges, chairman of New Normal Consulting.

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Editor’s note: This podcast is an opinion piece. The views expressed are those of the presenter and interviewees, and do not necessarily represent those of ICIS.

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