The study of a Mo-V-Nb catalyst for the partial oxidation of ethane
to ethylene and acetic acid was pioneered in the works of Thorsteinson et al.
However, a lack of infrastructure and storage has caused much of the gas being produced to be locked in to the region, leading to waste and limiting the potential use of associated natural gas liquids such as ethane
cargoes from the United States are also used as feedstock in European ethylene crackers.
According to the company, it proposes to build the 94-mile common carrier ethane
supply pipeline in a key area as more than 70% of the North American polyethylene market sits within a 700-mile radius of Pittsburgh.
Shell is to take propane and ethane
from its Pearl GTL venture to feed the cracker and downstream units.
The domestic cost of ethane
in the USA is now $4 per mmBtu.
If we don't have any ethane
available then we have to look at liquids that are available," Al-Mady said.
production from the western Canada sedimentary basin is estimated to be around 265,000 barrels per day, but supplies of conventional natural gas from the basin have peaked and are declining.
Scientists had thought that propane and ethane
could be produced only in the same way that petroleum is--by great heat applied to ancient, buried material.
Bacteria and archaea within underwater sediments could chew up buried organic material and spew out ethane
and propane as waste products, assert Kai-Uwe Hinrichs of the University of Bremen in Germany, and his colleagues.
The state-owned Saudi Aramco has confirmed that it will raise domestic supplies of ethane
gas from 600 MCF/day now to 1,100 MCF/day by 2010.
Bechtel-Technip will also provide for their client, Saudi Aramco, engineering and start-up services including two gas-conditioning trains and ethane
and natural gas recovery units.
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Current estimates predict a US$1 billion industry producing between 45-50,000 barrels of ethane
daily by year 2005.
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