Special Report: Global ethylene productionrises 7 million tpy in 2008

Worldwide ethylene producers added more than 7 million tonnes/year of capacity in 2008, according to Oil & Gas Journal’s latest ethylene survey. Primarily due to new plants starting up in the Middle East, the growth in capacity represents record additions. It is a significant increase compared with capacity growth of 2 million tpy in 2007 and only 245,000 tpy in 2006.Global ethylene production capacity as of Jan. 1, 2009, was 126.7 million tpy, an increase from 119.6 million tpy of capacity reported in last year’s survey (OGJ, July 28, 2008, p. 46). The additional capacity represents an increase of nearly 6%.The latest survey lists five new world-scale ethylene production ...

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