Refinery sources will fill the future 'propylene gap'

01/27/2003
Propylene demand for chemical production is growing by 4.7%/year globally. Chemical uses of propylene include polypropylene, cumene, oxo-alcohols, acrylonitrile, propylene oxide, acrylic acid, and other products.Based on volume and cost, refineries will be one of the preferred propylene sources, especially in North America. An often-underestimated trend is the growth of refinery propylene production and its potential as a chemical feedstock.SRI Consulting (SRIC) does not believe there will be a shortage of propylene during the next 10 years. Sources other than naphtha crackers are available to fill the gap and include refineries, metathesis plants, and propane dehydrogenation units.Propan...
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