Global ethylene capacity grows 4% in 2005

03/27/2006
The global ethylene industry added 4.4 million tonnes/year (tpy) of capacity in 2005, an increase from the 2004 addition rate of 2.1 million tpy, according to the latest ethylene survey.Capacity as of Jan. 1, 2006, was 117.3 million tpy, an increase from a worldwide capacity of 112.9 million tpy as of Jan. 1, 2005. This is an increase of nearly 4%.The latest survey lists nearly 3 million tpy of capacity starting up in four new plants; no capacity was removed from the survey due to idled or shutdown plants. The remainder of additional capacity resulted from expansions at existing sites, capacity creep, and debottlenecking. Click here to enlarge imageFig. 1 shows that 2005 was the second c...
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