June 2004

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Solutions slowly emerge as sulfur surplus rises

Growing stockpiles of sulfur at global refineries, emerging transportation and logistical challenges, and static demand from traditional markets are vexing energy companies. Consequently, producers ar..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Growing stockpiles of sulfur at global refineries, emerging transportation and logistical challenges, and static demand from traditional markets are vexing energy companies. Consequently, producers are scrambling to develop new outlets for this versatile industry byproduct. ?Simply put, demand for sulfur is not keeping pace with supply,? says Robert Morris, president of The Sulphur Institute (www.sulphurinstitute.org). ?Furthermore, shipping availability is also putting more pressure on international sulfur trade.? In 2003, global sulfur production was 65 million tons (MMton), 90% of it produced involuntarily. This trend is expected to continue as governments adopt even strict

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