July 2007

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImact: Economics of coal-to-olefins route vary regionally

In the leading industrial nations, demand for chemical feedstocks is mainly satisfied by oil. With deep reserves, coal is an alternative source for chemical feedstocks gaining renewed interest. Analys..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the leading industrial nations, demand for chemical feedstocks is mainly satisfied by oil. With deep reserves, coal is an alternative source for chemical feedstocks gaining renewed interest. Analysts with Nexant Chem Systems examine the issues and economics of the technology in a new study (www.chemsystems.com). China is taking advantage of its immense coal resource and has recently announced plans for four coal-to-olefins (CTO) projects. These projects are expected to start up between the end of 2008 to 2010. To decrease the risk of investment in CTO, other projects will not be approved by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission until the four industrial units are operat

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