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US Ethylene Projected Growth Patterns Remain Impressive Through 2030

US Ethylene Projected Growth Patterns Remain Impressive Through 2030 Cheap and abundant natural gas has fueled new investment in U.S. chemical production, including ethylene, a key plastics feedstock. U.S. Ethylene production grew approximately 10,000 Kilo-Tons Per Annum (KTPA) in the five years preceding 2020. PLG Consulting recently revisited its projections for ethylene. Ethylene production and […]

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Commentary: Narrow WCS-WTI Spread Pressures Tank Car Lease Rates

Commentary:  Narrow Western Canada Select (WCS) and Western Texas Intermediate (WTI) spread pressures tank car lease rates   It’s not profitable to ship crude oil by rail. The main driver of crude-by-rail shipments is the price difference between Canada’s benchmark Western Canada Select and Western Texas Intermediate, a U.S. benchmark. When the discount is wide, […]

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PLG Consulting Analysts Partner with EIA

Introduction Since 2010, rail has played an increasingly vital role in the transportation of energy products across North America, however visibility had been limited into actual volume and key regional movements. That all changed in 2015 when a partnership between the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy and PLG Consulting lead to the release of energy […]

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The U.S. Truckload Market is Heading for Crisis Again

Introduction Early 2020 warnings of a tightening freight market have proven to be remarkably prescient, even if the underlying reasons may have shifted.  Deep into the COVID-19 crisis, the American freight economy remains surprisingly resilient and robust.  Truckload (TL) carriers are back to turning-down loads, less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers are rejecting tenders and refusing volume shipments, […]

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PLG Consulting and Strategic Development Group Announce Partnership

PLG Consulting and Strategic Development Group Announce Partnership ‘Best in Class’ Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence with Premier Site Selection Expertise Chicago, IL, November 11, 2020 – PLG Consulting of Chicago, IL and Strategic Development Group (SDG) of Columbia, SC today announced a strategic partnership that provides major industrial customers, transportation and logistics service providers, […]

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U.S. Renewable diesel capacity growth through 2025 represents significant opportunity for producers and rail

Introduction By the end of 2020, renewable diesel capacity is expected to reach 50,000 barrels per day according to Turner, Mason & Company (TM&C), a leading energy consulting and advisory firm, and is expected to grow at a 33% CAGR to over 300,000 barrels per day by the end of 2025.  This growth projection is based […]

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