December 2017

Trends and Resources

Business Trends: Propane dehydrogenation technology is transforming the propylene business

Propylene demand has been increasing rapidly in recent years, and traditional processes are struggling to keep up.

Propylene demand has been increasing rapidly in recent years, and traditional processes are struggling to keep up. Propylene demand has increased at an average rate of nearly 5%/yr in the past 5 yr, with some developing countries growing at two to three times that rate. In China, for example, average annual propylene demand grew by 15.5%/yr between 2012 and 2016.  The majority of the world’s propylene supply comes from coproduct processes, which are run primarily to make a product other than propylene. As demand for those alternate products—either ethylene or gasoline—grows more slowly than propylene, alternative processes must be implemented to ensure that supply could satisfy demand. Out

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