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$145 Billion in Chemical Industry Investment Projects Slated for 2015

Crude oil prices have been falling in 2015, but investments in the U.S. chemical industry have been rising. This is a result of increased capacity which is expected to reflect by the end of 2020.
In 2015 alone, the total value of investment projects is expected to exceed $145 billion. By the end of 2014 the total value of investment projects topped $136 billion. This information was reported by the ACC (American Chemistry Council).

Since feedstocks and gas prices are closely linked, the declining oil price is now a major concern for U.S. produces of chemicals like ethylene. There is substantial competition with bulk chemical producers in Europe and across Asia that use these oil-based feedstocks.

U.S. Ethylene Production Best in the World

Declining crude oil prices have only reduced new investment plans for the U.S. as opposed to stopping them completely. The number of delayed projects account for barely 5% of total investments, but upwards of 12% in overall delayed projects are possible.

During the course of 2014, capital expenditure in the U.S. chemical industry spiked to $33.4 billion in 2014 – up 64% from 2010. By 2018 the capital expenditure in the U.S. chemicals industry is expected to reach $45.8 billion.

The U.S. has a definite advantage in terms of ethylene production capacity. The only concern is the cost involved in investing in greenfield sites. It is expected that the oil-to-gas price ratio will make the U.S. the ideal location for ethylene.

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  1. jnui says:

    Your blog is really informative keep up the good work.

  2. deborah taylor says:

    Very helpful information. Us is on track record for oil production in 2015.

  3. Tanzil Chowdhury says:

    The article was interesting and easy to read. The statistics on ethylene production were quite insightful.

  4. tiaryn says:

    I can see this coming. USA is currently in good standing, will cost them in the future.

  5. Larissa Brunken says:

    I find this article.very interesting. Despite the declining oil costs our gas prices in the USA continue to rise at an alarming rate. My bet is it has something to do with them giving extra money.

  6. Amine Allaoui says:

    I think the USA must do that. Oil prices are so unpredictable and you don’t know when the next time they will rise again. The USA are trying to take every measure and precautions about the future.

  7. Nusrat says:

    I think USA chemical industry growing well and it can beating the oil industry

  8. Nempie says:

    We spend an awful lot of money on chemicals and oils and everything else we can burn to create a less than desirable atmosphere, I’d like to see countries start match spending on CLEANING the air.