Agency says U.S. ethane consumption, exports to surge

The Houston Chronicle reports the U.S. Department of Energy is projecting that domestic growth of ethane consumption by the petrochemicals industry will surpass that of all other petroleum and natural gas liquids products combined during the next two years as ethane “crackers” and plastics plants expand along the Gulf Coast. The Energy Department also anticipates ethane exports to increase to 310,000 barrels a day in 2019, up from 180,000 barrels a day in 2017, with Kinder Morgan's Utopia pipeline, which recently began transporting ethane products to Canada from Ohio's Utica shale play, expected to drive part of that growth. For more, read the full story.

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