September 2001

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: What's the outlook for global feedstocks?

A new analysis from CMAI explores issues surrounding energy and refinery requirements for LPG and the possibility that supplies of propane and butane for petrochemical manufacturers may tighten. Stron..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A new analysis from CMAI explores issues surrounding energy and refinery requirements for LPG and the possibility that supplies of propane and butane for petrochemical manufacturers may tighten. Strong growth in demand for petrochemicals in the 1990s placed considerable pressure on feedstock supplies and prices. Though natural gas liquids (NGL) supplies were increasing, petrochemical demand was growing even more rapidly, so more heavy liquids – naphtha, gas oil, condensate, etc. – were required. To what extent did refiners influence the petrochemical industry as more refinery-based feedstocks become available? Over 50% of the world's ethylene supply is produced from naphtha, an

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