AFPM '12: Canadian oil sands may be growing source for propylene

02 April 2012 00:19  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--Canadian oil sands could become a growing source of propylene for the US, a manager at Williams said on Sunday.

Already, Williams extracts propylene from oil-sand production in Canada, said Kelly Knopp, general manager of natural gas liquids (NGLs) and olefins marketing for Williams.

Knopp made his comments on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference, held by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

Propylene is part of the off-gas released by oil-sands upgraders, which produce synthetic crude from bitumen.

The off-gas from the upgraders also includes ethane, propane and C4s, Knopp said.

Williams aggregates the off-gas from the oil-sands upgraders and separates the various olefins and NGLs.

Williams can process more off gas if Canada increases oil-sands production, Knopp said. In addition, Williams can further increase its capacity if it integrates any new upgraders that are built in Canada.

The IPC lasts through Tuesday.

By: Al Greenwood
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