Nearly all contracts I’ve seen for LPG exports out of the U.S. Gulf are written as propane loadings, with a normal butane option, but only if declared by a certain date, and then limited to half the cargo. So, has butane been demoted to the role of “second-class” citizen in the relentless growth of U.S. LPG exports?
Whenever I go to a conference these days there’s always somebody talking about Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH). I think I might have already done the PDH blog last week! But back in my early days we all were talking about Autogas, LPG as a motor fuel. This was going to be the next big thing. So, I thought I might revisit it again, but maybe link it to what’s happening in Turkey.
Although my main interest is to show the macro side of our business in the SIMON SAYS BLOG, now and then I like to keep you appraised of what individual countries are doing. After seeing Brazil’s goalkeeper Allison, you just have to love Brazilian names, performing brilliantly in the dull European Champions League football Final in Madrid on Saturday (soccer to those across the pond), it had to be Brazil!
I thought a bit of history might grab us on the last Friday in May. I remember selling butane cargoes into Marcus Hook, to Sun, to Sam Slovak or was it, Charlie Mitchell, anyway it was product going into their refinery for gasoline blending. They weren’t regular buyers, but paid good prices, and getting the first sale in was always a feeling of achievement.
I do like hearing the discussions on how there’s record production, record exports and a lot more to come but I do feel the debate then tends to deviate to where LPG is going not how it’s getting there. Huge investments are being made to produce crude oil and natgas, without doubt the NGLs are being extracted for commercial reasons, but increasingly the talk has been about takeaway, I even heard “we’ve just got to make it disappear”.