US Dec ethylene output up 0.8% year on year - consultant

25 January 2012 15:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethylene production in December totalled 4.623bn lb (2.1m tonnes), a 0.8% increase from 4.586bn lb produced in the same month in 2010, consulting firm Jacobs Consultancy said on Wednesday.

Total ethylene output in December rose by a much larger 5.6% compared with 4.378bn lb in November, the group said in its monthly Hodson report.

But if measured on a daily rate, ethylene production in the US last month climbed by only 2.2% versus November, according to the report.

US crackers operated at 94.3% of capacity in December. The figure is up from 92.2% in November and 90.2% in December 2010, the report showed.

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