Ethylene capacity rising, margins continue to suffer

More than 6.2 million tonnes/year (tpy) of worldwide ethylene production capacity came on stream in 2001. This addition to incremental capacity nearly matched the record of 6.6 million tpy added in 2000 (Fig. 1). Click here to enlarge imageCapacity as of Jan. 1, 2002, was 107.0 million tpy, an increase from a worldwide capacity of 100.8 million tpy as of Jan. 1, 2001.This year's ethylene survey reflects a total of 107.6 million tpy of worldwide capacity as of Mar. 1, 2002. A new unit in UAE, which started up in January 2001, contributed 600,000 tpy to the survey.In 2001, ethylene markets experienced a slowdown in demand and an overabundance of supply. As a result, many ethylene produ...

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