US Polyethylene Export Market Report 2017-2020

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Detailed Market Analysis on the Fast Changing US Polyethylene Export Market – 60 Page Complimentary White Paper

Petrochemical Update released a detailed new whitepaper today, the US Polyethylene Export Market Report 2017-2020 – a large 60+ page report detailing the fast-changing US polyethylene market with in-depth market analysis, charts and leading insight and predictions.

To download the full, 60-page complimentary market report, simply go to

The increased production of U.S. ethylene and the associated investment in new U.S. polyethylene capacity will increase North American polyethylene production to over 54 billion pounds per year by 2020, up from 44 billion pounds as of the end of 2014.

In addition, industry sources cite the potential addition of another 2 billion pounds of capacity over this time frame. The significant U.S. ethylene supply and U.S. ethylene feed stock cost advantages will increase U.S. polyethylene production beyond domestic demand and support export volumes over the period. Excess North American polyethylene production available for export will be 6–9 billion pounds within the 2016–2020 time frame, assuming 75% of the announced polyethylene projects are actually built and commissioned by 2020.

Tim Rhoads of the Professional Logistics Group writes “U.S. ethane production is currently outpacing expected U.S. demand growth and the ethane production surplus is projected to reach nearly 700,000 Barrels per Day (BPD) by 2020.”

This, in part, is made up of an extra 650,000 tonnes of polyethylene anticipated to come online from ExxonMobil’s new Beaumont production unit per year, as well as projects from Dow Chemical and Chevron Phillips Chemical coming online in 2017 and adding to the mix. Increasing export volumes, coupled with current port congestion considerations and growing infrastructural needs, means that the US petrochemical supply chain industry will continue to face challenges ahead.

The purpose of this paper is to explore the economic viability of exporting U.S. polyethylene over the 2017–2020-time horizon. The report focuses on three primary market areas: The U.S., Northwest Europe, and Asia.

Summary of the Papers Chapters:

Chapter 1 - Introduces petrochemical building block products, the primary feed stocks for those products, and the processes through which ethylene and the associated cracker yield products are produced. The chapter also summarizes current associated export logistics options.

Chapter 2 - U.S. market fundamentals are detailed by product, including supply, demand, pricing, export forecast, and export logistics. In detailing supply and demand conditions, the projected production volumes and the implication of new capacity investments are presented.

Chapter 3 - International Market Fundamentals, Export opportunities and challenges are detailed

Chapter 4 - Presents data related to the competitiveness of U.S. exports. detailing the costs for U.S. supply, export options, and terminals as well as the feed stock trade off costs. The pricing and cost evaluations presented in the previous chapters are combined to develop the U.S. netback and margin calculations and to identify U.S. exports competitiveness opportunities.

Chapter 5 - Details the report conclusions and key messages.

To download the full, 60-page complimentary market report, simply go to

Please contact Karla Sharp using the details below with any questions or feedback.

Karla Michelle Sharp
Senior Director – Supply Chain
Petrochemical Update
T: +44 (0)20 7422 4321 (UK Office)                            
USA Toll Free: 1800-814-3459 ext. 4321
E: karla(at)petchemupdate(dot)com

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