Bioplastics to be a winner with shale gas

12/9/2012 | Reuters

Global petrochemical companies that focus on natural gas-fed production of renewable-based chemicals will benefit from a shale-driven increase in ethane production, according to this analysis. "A continued shift to ethane cracking will lead to an ongoing shortage of higher carbon chemicals such as propylene or butadiene. ... This environment is likely also to be supportive of renewable chemistry economics," according to a Morgan Stanley report.

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