Dow Chemical is considering increasing its ethane cracking capacity at plants along the U.S. Gulf Coast by about 20% to 30% within the next few years. The move is intended to boost ethane production for plastic production and to prepare for a possible natural gas fractionator joint venture. "Ethane is an advantaged feedstock in the United States and we anticipate a favorable oil-to-gas ratio to continue," said Raja Zeidan, vice president for global business at Dow Hydrocarbons.

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