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Texas to take steps to prepare refiners for future storms

April 14/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Texas should consider a central clearinghouse around natural gas availability in the case of future cold weather events like Winter Storm Uri, reported Reuters with reference to a Phillips 66 refining executive speaking at an industry conference Monday.

The refining industry in the US Gulf Coast took several weeks to recover from a deadly deep freeze that sent temperatures below freezing for several days in February.

As MRC wrote previously, in line with US olefins capacity, over 80% of US polyolefins capacity was downed by the recent winter storm. There remained a considerable amount of capacity offline or in the early stages of restarting a full month later. This was partly due to the limited feedstock availability for olefins monomer, comonomer, and additives in the region.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 241,030 tonnes in January 2021 versus 217,890 tonnes a year earlier. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 141,870 tonnes in January 2021 versus 123,520 tonnes a year earlier. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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