NPRA ’11: PetroLogistics Houston C3 running at full capacity

27 March 2011 21:55  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--PetroLogistics' on-purpose propylene plant in Houston is running at full capacity after being off line for equipment repairs in mid-March, chief executive Nathan Ticatch said on Sunday.

The 544,000 tonne/year plant produces propylene through propane dehydrogenation (PDH), the only plant of its kind in the US.

As such, it relies on propane as a feedstock. Most US propylene is produced at heavy-feed crackers or as a by-product in refineries.

The PetroLogistics plant started production in October, Ticatch said on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

The recent issues were mundane in nature, said Hank Jeans, senior vice president commercial for PetroLogistics.

The technology itself has worked extremely well, Jeans said.

Hosted by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the IPC continues through Tuesday.

For more on propylene visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Al Greenwood
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