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Project Optimization: Improve propylene recovery at FCC and DCU gas plants with mobile industrial refrigeration

Polypropylene demand remained strong through the 2020 pandemic crisis and is booming in the Asia region, driven by strong Chinese import growth.

Capra, M., Aggreko Process Services EMEA

Polypropylene demand remained strong through the 2020 pandemic crisis and is booming in the Asia region, driven by strong Chinese import growth. Consequently, propylene did not suffer the same weak demand and increased volatility experienced by fuels. As polymer grade propylene prices favorably stepped up, reaching $870/t by the end of November 2020, the collapse of the fuels market generated a cash flow shortage across the refining industry: projects and turnarounds were delayed, capital investments cancelled and general spending was reduced. Refineries contribute approximately 30% of the global propylene supply—taking advantage of this short-term market opportunity by quickly enhancing th

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