EPCA ’12: GTL growth could further tighten pygas availability

08 October 2012 14:38  [Source: ICIS news]

BUDAPEST (ICIS)--Growing interest in gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants could see pyrolisis gasoline (pygas) availability tighten globally in the coming years, a trader said on Monday.

“It is something of a hot topic this year,” the trader said, speaking on the sidelines of the 46th annual European Petrochemical Association meeting.

With a growing interest in GTL technology in the US, Europe and elsewhere, many expect this to be a mainstay of the industry in the years to come.

If GTL naphtha replaces an aromatic naphtha, this could tighten pygas availability as GTL yields show a higher selectivity to ethylene than heavier products such as pygas when compared with traditional naphtha cracking.

With talk of a heavy cracker turnaround schedule for 2013 and the tighter availability of pygas seen in Europe this year, there was some concern about the possible effects on the aromatics chain of GTL technology.

The annual EPCA meeting runs from 6-10 October.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Truong Mellor
+44 208 652 3214

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