AFPM '12: Alberta's potential for PP to play out in next decade

03 April 2012 17:50  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--The likelihood of a polypropylene (PP) plant being built in Alberta could play out over the next decade, an executive with NOVA Chemicals said on Tuesday.

NOVA produces mainly ethylene and polyethylene (PE), and it is not involved with propylene derivatives.

However, in speaking generally about the Canadian petrochemical industry, Alberta could have enough feedstock for a company to justify a PP plant.

"Over the next decade, we can have some serious discussions about the potential of a PP plant in Alberta," said Grant Thomson, president of olefins and feedstock for NOVA Chemicals. He made his comments on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), hosted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

Sources for propylene could come from Alberrta's existing crackers, its refineries and its oil-sands upgraders, Thomson said.

However, "as you add all of these up, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done," Thomson said.

For example, a system would need to be developed to gather all of the propylene, he said.

PP was among several products that a study identified as an attractive petrochemical investment in Alberta.

In addition to PP, other feasible investments include propylene glycol (PG) and other derivatives of propylene oxide (PO); ammonia, urea and methanol; and polyethylene (PE), ethylene glycol (EG) and other derivatives of ethylene oxide (EO).

The IPC lasts through Tuesday.

By: Al Greenwood
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