US second-quarter petrochemical output down

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Aug. 9 -- US petrochemical production in the second quarter was down 3% from the same quarter in 2004 and down 5% from the first quarter of this year, reported the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) in its quarterly inventory survey released July 27.

Total production of 15 petrochemicals surveyed and reportable was 50.4 billion lb in second quarter 2005, down from 51.8 billion lb in second quarter 2004 and down from 53.1 billion lb of the same petrochemicals in first quarter of this year.

Second quarter inventories of the six petrochemicals reportable were 4.2 billion lb, compared with 3.4 billion lb in the second quarter of 2004 and 3.9 billion lb in the first quarter this year.

Petrochemicals surveyed include ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, and mixed xylenes and the largest volume first and in some cases, second derivatives of these petrochemicals.

Veris Consulting LLC conducts the quarterly survey for NPRA.

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