U.S. refinery-sulfur production peaked in 1996

Edward J. Swain Consultant Houston U.S. production and recovery of sulfur increased at an average annual rate of 1%/year between 1988 and 1997. This growth is expected to continue through the next decade. About 50% of U.S. sulfur production is used to produce phosphatic fertilizers, and the other 50% is used in chemically oriented businesses. U.S. sulfur is produced or recovered from three main sources: Frasch mines, pyrites, and hydrocarbon operations. Most sulfur production before the mid-1950s was elemental sulfur from Frasch mining or sulfuric acid from pyrites. After the mid-1950s, recovered sulfur from natural gas-treating facilities and petroleum refinerie...

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