January 2004

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Propylene demand to grow 4.7%/yr; ethylene expansions required

In 2002, global propylene productionreached 52.8 million metric tons per year (MMtpy) and is valued at$17 billion. The bulk of propylene production and consumption isconcentrated in North America, Wes..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 2002, global propylene production reached 52.8 million metric tons per year (MMtpy) and is valued at $17 billion. The bulk of propylene production and consumption is concentrated in North America, Western Europe and Japan, which represent about 68% of total capacity and 70% of demand, according to research compiled by Abdullah M. Aitani, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Propylene demand is expected to grow 4.7%/yr and nearly double over the next decade – exceeding 91 MMton by 2010. Building splitters in refineries, metathesis and propane dehydrogenation facilities will provide some propylene capacity. However, the majority of new ca

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