Global ethylene producers add record capacity in 2010

Warren R. TrueChief Technology Editor—LNG/Gas ProcessingGlobal ethylene producers last year added more than 8.6 million tonnes/year (tpy) of capacity, according to the latest Oil & Gas Journal's survey of the industry. That level sets a record for 1-year additions.New capacities at three Middle East plants reached 3.95 million tpy, while start-ups at five plants in Asia-Pacific made up the rest with 4.7 million tpy.The figure for 2010 exceeded capacity added in 2009 (OGJ, July 26, 2010, p. 34) and the record addition in 2008 of 7 million tpy (OGJ, July 27, 2009, p. 49). Including estimates for 2011, these 4 years evince the recent rapid growth of Asian and Middle Eastern ethylen...

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