Ethane is produced from gas processing and fractionation of North American shale gas and from liquids rich gas fields. Ethane as feedstock to a petrochemical steam cracker increases its yield of ethylene as a derivative product compared to other inputs such as propane and naphtha. Competitively priced U.S. ethane is available and can be carried on specialised gas carriers capable of loading and maintaining the cargo at its boiling point of -88ºC.
Ethane can also be used as fuel for power generation or for ship propulsion. Read the case study of how we converted one of our medium sized gas carrier to be able to use ethane as fuel for propulsion, and thereby reducing emission and costs and improving logistical scheduling.