March 2010

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: 'On-purpose' propylene production

There is a growing demand for propylene in the world today. Without the development of new technologies for the production of "on-purpose" propylene (OPP), demand will always outpace supply. Nextant's..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

There is a growing demand for propylene in the world today. Without the development of new technologies for the production of "on-purpose" propylene (OPP), demand will always outpace supply. Nextant's ChemSystems (www.chemsystems.com) has released a report that examines this situation in great detail. The old tried-and-true methods of creating propylene are linked to the production of other products, like ethylene via steam cracking and gasoline production from fluid catalytic cracking (FCC). In fact, over 88% of currently produced propylene emerges as a byproduct from those two processes (Fig. 1).    Fig. 1

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