Monday, September 14, 2015

This week's C&EN

A few stories from this week's C&EN:


  1. 1. The PE plants will continue to be built in US.

    2. PE plants elsewhere will get shuttered. (Shale gas is rich in ethane, and ethane must be separated from it anyway - as long as the supply lasts you can manufacture PE in US for 10-15 cents a pound cheaper than anywhere else. This is a huge profit margin, for a commodity product)

    1. 1. Some will not be built. Plans are changing all the time.

      2. This is possible. If crude stays low for an extended period, this will not be true and #1 above will be impacted.

  2. It's interesting that she mentions Harvard and Jason Altom since after Altom's death they had started a counseling service for students which was terminated soon thereafter. I would be interested in hearing more about the story, especially since someone must surely have opposed the termination.