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ExxonMobil on leading edge of shale-driven industrial renaissance, one step away from multi-billion dollar expansion at Baytown, TX

ExxonMobil is an early mover in America’s industrial renaissance fueled by abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas from shale and associated natural gas liquids. The company is awaiting the green light to begin construction on an exciting, multi-billion dollar expansion to its chemical facilities in Baytown, Texas — already one of the largest and [...]

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BASF Total Petrochemicals revamps its Port Arthur steam cracker to process ethane

BASF Total Petrochemicals is among a growing list of chemical manufacturers announcing expansion plans, thanks to abundant supplies of natural gas from shale. The company, a joint venture formed last year between BASF Corp. and Total Petrochemicals & Refining, has revamped its Port Arthur, Tx., steam cracker to process ethane transported from Mont Belvieu, Tx., [...]

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Marcellus to Manufacturing: Ethane fueling chemical industry in West Virginia

During a 2011 visit to the Mountain State, American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley predicted “a golden age in chemical manufacturing in the United States,” with West Virginia sharing the bounty from affordable and abundant supplies of Marcellus shale gas. In an interview with the Charleston Daily Mail, Dooley reiterated his upbeat forecast: [...]

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From Louisiana, a gumbo of good news about the manufacturing benefits of shale gas

Thanks to the state’s enormous supply of bountiful and inexpensive shale gas, a manufacturing renaissance is alive and well in Louisiana, according to a new study by Louisiana State University’s Center for Energy Studies. To date, some $62.3 billion in new capital investments in petrochemical and other manufacturing facilities have been announced in Louisiana over [...]

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Shale gas, chemistry and the manufacturing multiplier effect

The awards season is upon us and shale gas is winning acclaim as the star of America’s economic recovery. Kevin Bullis, senior editor for energy at MIT Technology Review, is just the latest thought leader bestowing accolades on shale gas. Bullis noted in a Fox News commentary that the mention of a manufacturing renaissance conjures [...]

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In Texas, natural gas and American chemistry continue to drive economic growth

Oil and gas drilling have loomed large in the Texas economy for decades. Now the production of low-priced natural gas from shale is transforming the state’s petrochemical industry and creating a surge in the exports of ethylene and plastics. Here’s what a recent report by Jesse Thompson of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas concluded: [...]

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Experts are bullish on a manufacturing revival led by American chemistry

Valence investment banking analyst Anton Ticktin could be called an advocate of supply-chain economics. He credits abundant, affordable supplies of natural gas from shale for the resurrection of the $2.5 trillion chemical industry, giving U.S. chemical companies an enormous competitive edge in the global economy. Having observed the benefits of low-cost chemical feedstocks such as [...]

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Cheap natural gas can bring hope to voters along the “Rust Belt”

“Three decades after being devastated by the closing of steel mills, this gritty river valley is hoping its revival will come from cheap natural gas,” The Wall Street Journal recently reported, referring to Beaver County, Pa. Today, these Americans are standing in line to vote, many of them with energy on their mind. That’s because [...]

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ExxonMobil plans petrochemical expansion, sees bright future for U.S. manufacturing

Following on the heels of a number of upcoming petrochemical company investments made possible by abundant and affordable supplies of domestic shale gas, ExxonMobil Chemical announced last week that it has applied for a permit to build a world-class ethane cracker and premium production facilities at its integrated Baytown complex in Texas. The project would [...]

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Dow Chemical signals “resurgence” with new ethylene plant in Texas

The Dow Chemical Company has selected Freeport, TX for the site of a new $4 billion ethylene production complex that could employ many as 2,000 Americans and bring millions of dollars in new revenues to the state. In a news release, Dow Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew N. Liveris said the new investment and [...]

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