InterviewNPRA '10: US TPC has no plans for on-purpose butadiene

29 March 2010 17:35  [Source: ICIS news]

No plans for on-purpose BDSAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--The costs for producing on-purpose butadiene (BD) remain prohibitive for the TPC Group, even though it has the technology to develop such a facility, the company said on Monday.

Along with several consultancies, TPC Group expected BD to remain short in the foreseeable future due to shortages in feedstock crude C4, said Charles Shaver, TPC Group's CEO.

Shaver made his comments on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), held by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA).  

While crude C4 would remain short, the economics still go against on-purpose BD production since the process was energy intensive, Shaver said.

He estimated that the energy requirements for on-purpose BD were 10-fold those for traditional BD production.

Likewise, TPC had no plans to produce on-purpose butene-1, which was also in short supply.

If on-purpose BD was ever produced by any company, it would likely be in the Middle East where cheap energy and growing demand could justify the costs, Shaver said.

TPC is a major producer of butadiene (BD), but it also produces fuel products, lubricant additives, plastics and surfactants.

The Houston-based company in late January changed its name to TPC Group from Texas Petrochemicals, saying the new title reflected the increasing breadth and scope of its product lines and services.

The IPC continues through Tuesday.

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