June 1999

Trends and Resources

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Ethylene demand in Canada is projected to increase from a 1998 level of 3.3 million tons to 5.4 million tons by 2005. That's a 6.4%/yr average growth rate. Most of the growth will come from the polyet..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ethylene demand in Canada is projected to increase from a 1998 level of 3.3 million tons to 5.4 million tons by 2005. That's a 6.4%/yr average growth rate. Most of the growth will come from the polyethylene (PE), ethylene glycol and alpha-olefin plants under construction in Alberta. These are the key findings from a recent report from Chem Systems, Tarrytown, New York. Due to "significant cost advantage," Canada's ethylene plants are expected to operate at above 90% of nameplate capacity and run essentially full out when the industry peaks. This cost advantage results from abundant natural gas in Western Canada. The country ranks third in the world in gas production after Russia and the U.S.

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