Report: New propylene production technologies hold great promise

New process technologies for propylene production show great economic promise, according to a new report from Nexant Inc., White Plains, NY.The recently published report predicts that propylene demand will grow faster than supply. More than 25% of the new crackers currently planned for start-up in 2003-06 are based on ethane and will therefore produce little propylene.On-purpose propane dehydrogenation (PDH) technology produces propylene, but this route generally requires favorable feedstock pricing to be competitive; the amount of propylene produced is small compared to other sources.The report stated that new routes to propylene or propylene "add-on" processes to existing technologies a...

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