World ethylene feedstock supplies adequate to 2005

Worldwide ethylene feedstock supplies are likely to be sufficient through 2005, despite demand for feedstocks growing at twice the rate of production.Ethylene feedstock demand is projected to growth by 4%/year, while production of ethylene feeds is expected to increase by only 2%/year. And petrochemical production will account for 15-20% of total naphtha demand through 2005. Extraordinary processing steps should not be required, however, to meet increasing demand.These were among the findings of a recent study by SRI International unit SRI Consulting, Menlo Park, Calif.Ethylene demand Click here to enlarge imageWorld demand for ethylene rose 5%/year during 1985-95 to 70 million metric to...

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