US Q3 cumene production rises 21% - trade group

29 November 2010 16:15  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Third-quarter US cumene production rose by 21% year over year as demand increased and the global economy strengthened, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) said on Monday.

Cumene production totalled 2.00bn lb (907,000 tonnes) in the third quarter, up 9% from 1.84bn lb in the second quarter and more than 20% from 1.65bn lb a year earlier, the NPRA said.

Cumene demand has been robust amid strong global demand for phenol derivatives including bisphenol-A (BPA) and phenolic resins.

Meanwhile, cumene inventories increased in the third quarter to 320.9m lb from 250.3m lb in the second quarter.

At least two of the major phenol and acetone sellers were in planned turnarounds during the third quarter and took less cumene feedstock.

Cumene is mostly used for acetone and phenol production.

The NPRA data was based on input from Blue Island Phenol, Citgo, Dow Chemical, Flint Hills Resources, Georgia Gulf, INEOS, Marathon, Shell and Sunoco.

US cumene production (billions of pounds)

 

Q3 2009

Q4 2009

Q1 2010

Q2 2010

Q3 2010

1.646

1.439

1.844

1.841

2.002

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