2012 ethylene production bounces back; turnarounds in early 2013 to curb output

Dan Lippe Petral Consulting Co. Houston With parts of European still struggling with sovereign debt problems and key members of the European Union reconsidering the benefits and disadvantages of further economic and political integration, the global economic outlook for US petrochemical producers in 2013 is a little brighter than 6 months ago (OGJ, Sept. 3, 2012, p. 90), due to continued growth in the use of ethane as the primary ethylene feedstock. During 2013, US ethylene producers will complete four incremental expansions and restart one production train (OGJ Online, May 1, 2012; July 2, 2012; Sept. 25, 2012; Jan. 14, 2013; Jan. 29, 2013). These projects will increase production capaci...

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