You don't have to tell chemical manufacturers in the United States about the energy boom going on. They are all well aware, which is why, together, they have planned over $100 billion worth of expansion projects. Some are even going as far as to disassemble plants abroad and move them stateside. Both Nucor (NYSE: NUE ) and Methanex Corp (NASDAQ: MEOH ) targeted Louisiana as the ideal spot to relocate steel production and methanol production facilities to, respectively.
These plans don't come cheaply, which is why many, such as Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW ) , have been outspoken against unchecked natural gas exports from the United States. We have already conditionally approved the exportation of up to 15% of our current demand, so further approvals could put us in a vise unless production begins to pick up again. Tune in to the short clip below for analysis on further implications for these companies.
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This segment is from Tuesday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy & materials sectors @TMFEnergy.