OGJ FOCUS:Global ethylene production

Producers added more than 6 million tonnes/year (tpy) of ethylene capacity in 2009, according to the latest Oil & Gas Journal's survey of the global industry. China represented the bulk of the additions, adding more than 4.4 million tpy of capacity.The global figure for 2009 was large by historical standards but short of the 7 million tpy record set in 2008 after start-up of several new plants in the Middle East (OGJ, July 27, 2009, p. 49). By comparison, capacity growth in 2007 was 2 million tpy and only 245,000 tpy in 2006.Global ethylene production capacity at Jan. 1, 2010, was more than 132.9 million tpy, up from 126.7 million tpy in 2008, and 119.6 million tpy in the survey for 2...

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