SPECIAL REPORT: Global ethylene capacity increases slightly in 2006

The global ethylene industry added only 245,100 tonnes/year (tpy) of capacity in 2006, a large decrease from the 2005 addition of 4.4 million tpy, according to the latest Oil & Gas Journal survey.Capacity as of Jan. 1, 2007, was 117.6 million tpy, an increase from a worldwide capacity of 117.3 million tpy as of Jan. 1, 2006. This is an increase of only 0.2%.The latest survey lists no new plants starting up in 2006. No capacity was removed from the survey due to idled or shutdown plants. All the additional capacity resulted from expansions and debottlenecking at existing sites. Click here to enlarge imageFig. 1 shows that the capacity additions were the lowest in at least 20 years. Ad...

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