US November butadiene output drops 6% year on year - consultant

21 December 2011 19:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US butadiene (BD) production in November totalled 255m lb (115,666 tonnes), a 6% drop from 271m lb produced in the same month in 2010, consulting firm Jacobs Consultancy said on Wednesday.

However, BD production in November rose by 11% compared with 230m lb produced in October, the group said in its monthly Hodson report.

The increase could be related to the shutdown of an extraction unit during October.

ExxonMobil's BD extraction unit was off line during October because of a turnaround at a cracker at the same site. The facility has a 175,000 tonne/year capacity, according to ICIS plants and projects.

If measured on a daily rate, BD output last month climbed by 14.5% versus October, according to the report.

US crackers operated at 93% of capacity in November. The figure is up from 88.1% in October and 86.7% in November 2010, the report showed.

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By: William Lemos
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