Global ethylene capacity continues advance in 2011

ExxonMobil Corp. plans to expand its Baytown, Tex., refining and petrochemical complex with a 1.5-million-tpy ethane cracker as well as adding two 650,000-tpy polyethylene lines at its plastics plant in nearby Mont Belvieu. Photo from ExxonMobil Chemical. Global ethylene production capacity moved ahead in 2011 but much more slowly than the record-setting pace for 2010, according to Oil & Gas Journal's latest survey of the industry. Saudi Arabia added 1.2 million tonnes/year (tpy) and Pequiven Polimerica Polinter added 1.3 million tpy in Venezuela. Global production capacities at yearend 2010 had set a record (OGJ, July 4, 2011, p. 100), exceeding capacity added in 2009 (OGJ, July 2...

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