August 2017

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Business Trends: Ethylene production economics from optional feedstocks

The petrochemicals industry is witnessing enormous growth worldwide. Ethylene is produced by cracking a range of hydrocarbons. Naphtha is the main raw material used in European and Japanese crackers, while the US utilizes ethane as its primary feedstock.

Sorour, F. H., Gulf of Suez Petroleum Co.; Abdelmonem, N. M., Cairo University; Tewfik, SH. R., National Research Center (NRC); Ashour, F. H., Gadalla, M.A., British University in Egypt

The petrochemicals industry is witnessing enormous growth worldwide. Ethylene is produced by cracking a range of hydrocarbons. Naphtha is the main raw material used in European and Japanese crackers, while the US utilizes ethane as its primary feedstock. In the US, 52% of ethylene is produced from ethane, 22% from gasoil, 5% from naphtha, and the remainder is from other feedstocks. In Western Europe, naphtha constitutes approximately 71% of ethylene feedstock, gasoil and LPG account for 11% each, and the remainder of ethylene production originates from ethane cracking.1 ETHYLENE PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES The following is a review on the most common technologies for producing ethylene from di

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