Shale Gas Boom in the US: What future for European Petrochemical Industries?
Following the publication of a study about “the impact of shale gas development in the US on the European petrochemical industry” conducted by Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe, IFRI Center for Energy organizes a roundtable conference with:
Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe, Energy Consultant, Associate Research Fellow at Ifri Centre for Energy
José Mosquera, Director Industrial Policy, Cefic - European Chemical Industry Council
Member of the DG Enterprise & Industry (tbc)
Chaired by Cécile Maisonneuve, Director, IFRI Centre for Energy
Shale gas revolution in the US is commonly analyzed from the energy point of view. However gas is also an essential commodity for the petrochemical industry. The decrease of gas and ethane prices in the US therefore creates a considerable competitive advantage for this energy-intensive industry. In the country of innovative technologies, this leads to the revival of a traditional industry benefiting from a massive competitiveness shock.
The European industry is directly impacted by this trend. While already dealing with a weak European demand, rising energy costs, overcapacity and aging plants, the European petrochemical sector is facing the emergence of a new competitor besides the Middle-Eastern petrochemical industry. How can it adapt to the upcoming new challenge? Beyond the petrochemical industry, is European industry as a whole to be weakened given the strategic role of the petrochemical industry at the front end of the value chain of the manufacturing sector?