June 2001

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Ethylene and Propylene

Western Europe. Although installed production capacity for ethylene in 2000 looked to be more than enough to cope with demand, actual production fell well short. Demand was over 3% more than 1999; how..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Western Europe. Although installed production capacity for ethylene in 2000 looked to be more than enough to cope with demand, actual production fell well short. Demand was over 3% more than 1999; however, production increased by only 0.5%. This surprising and traumatic scenario was already beginning to show at the beginning of the year. Ethylene supply had become tighter than we had seen for many years. The pattern then seemed to be set for the remainder of the year. The sequence of operating problems and production outages seemed never-ending. Consequently, overall operating rates for the year dropped to 90% - a level not seen since the early 1990s. Massive imports. In recent history

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