US Eastman to take propylene from Enterprise PDH project

27 June 2012 19:21  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical will take propylene from a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit that Enterprise Products plans to build in Texas and get started by 2015, an Eastman executive said on Wednesday.

Eastman said in May that it had signed a 10-year contract with an unnamed producer. Executive vice president Ronald Lindsay said on Wednesday that Enterprise was the producer.

Enterprise’s 750,000 tonne/year PDH project will have a capacity of 750,000 tonnes/year of polymer grade propylene (PGP) and use 35,000 bbl/day of propane, according to the company’s announcement of the project earlier this month.

Enterprise's project marks the fourth new PDH unit to be built in the US. These four plants will join the sole operating PDH unit in the US, PetroLogistics's 544,000 tonne/year plant.

PDH plants use natural-gas-derived propane, instead of naphtha or other crude-based feedstocks.

The advent of shale gas has increased supplies of propane and other natural gas liquids (NGLs), lowering their costs. Near the end of May, US Gulf propane marked its lowest spot trade since mid-August 2009.

By: Lane Kelley
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