27 March 2011 21:37 [Source: ICIS news]
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--PetroLogistics could add "significant" capacity to its new on-purpose propylene plant in Houston by removing bottlenecks, the chief executive said on Sunday.
New plants typically have bottlenecks, said Nathan Ticatch, president of PetroLogistics.
Once producers remove those bottlenecks, they discover new ones, hence allowing them other opportunities to increase capacity further, said Hank Jeans, senior vice president, commercial, for PetroLogistics.
Ticatch and Jeans were speaking on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).
However, estimating the potential new capacity of the PetroLogistics plant is difficult, because it is so new, Ticatch said.
The plant started producing propylene in October. It has a capacity of 544,000 tonnes/year.
It makes propylene through propane dehydrogenation (PDH). It is the only plant of its kind in the US.
As such, the plant relies on propane as a feedstock. Most US propylene is produced at heavy-feed crackers or as a byproduct in refineries.
Hosted by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the IPC continues through Tuesday.
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