Maintenance slows first-half 2014 US ethylene production

Dan Lippe Petral Consulting Co. Houston Following a nearly flawless production record in second-half 2013, US ethylene producers maintained exceptional performance through first-quarter 2014. A surge in downtime due to turnarounds and unplanned maintenance during second-quarter 2014, however, brought production to its lowest level since second-quarter 2012. Petral Consulting Co., based on results of its monthly survey of ethylene plant operating rates and feedslates, determined that ethylene production in first-half 2014 was 2.0 billion lb less than in second-half 2013. Production curtailments from all causes in second-quarter 2014 were almost 300% more than in first-quarter 2014. While ...

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