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Cost Curve Scenarios from IHS Markit

07 May 2018 Ed Glatzer

What would happen to the world cost curves for Ethylene and Polyethylene-HDPE if oil prices don’t rise to the IHS Markit forecast?

World Cost Curve: Ethylene

  • The Middle East average cost advantage vs. North America increases from $67 to $106, largely a consequence of cracker feed mix region to region, as directionally the United States is getting lighter as Middle East is getting heavier.
  • At the same time, Northeast Asia becomes much more competitive in comparison to both North America and the Middle East.
  • This should translate to more competitive Chinese and other North East Asian ethylene derivatives.
  • This can be clearly seen for HDPE for integrated economics for those producers with ethylene production.

World Cost Curve: Polyethylene - HDPE

  • The average NAM cost advantage for HDPE delivered to China compared to domestically produced Chinese HDPE is reduced by $162 per ton for the lower oil price scenario.
  • The Middle East cost delivered cost advantage is reduced by about the same magnitude.
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