The ethane tanker INEOS Insight – blazoned with the slogan "Shale gas for manufacturing"– arrived at the Scottish port of Grangemouth last week to deliver the first cargo of shale gas to the UK. Media reports referring to the shipment as being LNG were incorrect – it was in fact carrying ethane, which is used along with propane and butane as a petrochemical feedstock.
Ethane is a type of NGL – as are propane, butane and pentane – and is primarily used in the production of...
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