Ethylene capacity growth flat in 1999; large increase expected in 2000

Since its 590,000-tpy expansion in 1997, Westlake Petrochemicals Corp. has completed several smaller projects to bring total ethylene capacity at its Sulphur, La., plant to 1.03 million tpy. Photo courtesy of Westlake.Click here to enlarge imageGlobal ethylene production capacity increased by only 1.9% in the past year, reflecting the smallest annual increase in capacity in the past decade since 1996.Despite this dismal growth, the industry is poised for a huge increase in construction activity in 2000.OGJ's annual worldwide ethylene survey, which begins on p. 61, shows that ethylene capacity as of Jan. 1, 2000, was 92.7 million tonnes/year (tpy). Most of this increase resulted from...

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