June 2006

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Aromatics: global economics impact pricing trends

Worldwide, reforming accounts for 35% of benzene production; 20% is produced from toluene, of which 80% is reformate based. Nearly 87% of xylene production is extracted directly from reformate, and 10..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Worldwide, reforming accounts for 35% of benzene production; 20% is produced from toluene, of which 80% is reformate based. Nearly 87% of xylene production is extracted directly from reformate, and 10% is produced by disproportionation from toluene (TDP). So explains Andy Nicholson of DeWitt & Co. at a recent petrochemicals outlook. He analyzed the outlook for aromatics. Here are highlights from his presentation. The main source for aromatics – pygas – is declining due to increasing importance of natural gas liquids (NGLs), in particular ethane. In the Middle East, pygas ethane is cracked for petrochemical purposes. Reforming economics set the pricing for aromatics. Marginal be

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