U.S. ETHYLENE GROWTH TO 2002 WILL RELY ON HEAVIER FEEDSTOCKS
Ethylene demand in the U.S. by 2002 will increase by 3.1%/year from an estimated 41.3 billion lb this year to 52.9 billion lb. Additionally, ethylene feedstock mix over the forecast period will tilt to heavier feeds such as naphtha, condensate, and gas oil and away from lighter ones, especially butane (Fig. 1). These are the major conclusions of an analysis by Petral Worldwide, a Houston-based consulting firm. The U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, has reported current U.S.