US Q4 ethylene production jumps 22% on year – NPRA

12 February 2010 19:22  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US fourth-quarter ethylene production was 13.1bn lb (5.94m tonnes), a 22% increase from 10.7bn lb one year earlier, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) said on Friday.

Ethylene production in the fourth quarter rose by 0.8% compared with 13.0bn lb produced in the third quarter of 2009, the NPRA said.

US ethylene inventories in the fourth quarter were at 686m lb. That is down by 37% from 1.09bn lb a year earlier, but a 36% increase from 504m lb in the third quarter of 2009.

NPRA's quarterly data for ethylene is based on voluntary reports.

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