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Volatile Prices Challenging Ethylene Cash Cost Norms, Are Changes Here to Stay?

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The volatile energy markets of the past few months have resulted with ethane prices $1/mmbtu below the natural gas price. Despite the low ethane prices the margin for cracking heavier feedstocks such as propane and butane is superior to the margin of ethane. Ethane had long been the advantaged feedstock at the cracker. This Insight looks at whether the propane and butane advantage is a short term phenomenon or are the current relative cracking margins here to stay.

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  • Ethane Cash Costs Typically are the Lowest
  • Ethane Frac Spread
  • Crude to Natural Gas Price Ratio
  • Ethylene and Propylene Prices

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