25 October 2012 18:53 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US propylene production in September totalled 927m lb (420,000 tonnes), a 3.8% increase from 893m lb produced in the same month in 2011, consulting firm Jacobs Consultancy said on Thursday.
Propylene production in September by volume fell by 2.5% from 951m lb in August, but when measured on a daily rate output rose by 0.7% compared with the previous month, the group said in its monthly Hodson report.
US crackers operated at 94.9% of capacity in September, up from 93.5% in August on minimal outages and planned turnarounds last month, the report said.
Daily production of co-product propylene in September was below the increase in operating rates for the month because of the use of lighter feedstocks, particularly ethane, the consulting group added.
US crackers ran at 89.3% of capacity in September 2011, according to the report.
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