Special Report: Worldwide ethylene capacity increases 2 million tpy in 2007

Ethylene producers added a net 2 million tonnes/year (tpy) of capacity in 2007, according to the latest ethylene survey. This is a significant increase from the 2006 addition rate of 245,000 tpy.Capacity as of Jan. 1, 2008, was 119.6 million tpy, an increase from 117.6 million tpy of capacity reported in last year’s survey (OGJ, July 16, 2007, p. 46). The 2-million-tpy addition is a rise of 1.7%.The latest survey showed that one new train with a capacity of 1.2 million tpy in an existing plant started up in 2007. None of the ethylene producers surveyed reported any shutdown capacity. The net additional 800,000-tpy of capacity resulted from expansions and debottlenecking at existing ...

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