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Will Saudi Arabia hold its ethylene feedstock advantage post-reform?

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Just before the turn of the new year Saudi Arabia introduced changes to the pricing mechanism for several key raw materials for the petrochemical industry. The price of methane has risen by 50 cents per mmbtu whilst ethane (the main feedstock for ethylene production in the Kingdom) has risen by $1 per mmbtu. The basis for pricing of other NGL feedstocks has also been changed. This insight will explore the recent reforms to feedstock pricing mechanisms in Saudi Arabia and quantify the extent of these changes within the context of Middle East and Global ethylene cost competitiveness.

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  • December 2015 global ethylene cost curve (using prior Saudi Arabia feedstock pricing reform)
  • December 2015 global ethylene cost curve (using post Saudi Arabia feedstock pricing reform)
  • Ethylene cash cost of production in Saudi Arabia prior to and post recent reform
  • 2016 ethane prices by ethylene producing country across the Middle East region

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  • Comparison of Saudi Arabia petrochemical industry raw material prices prior to and post the recent reform

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