China’s benzene output drops 16.3% year on year in Dec 2012

05 February 2013 07:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s benzene output in December 2012 fell by 16.3% year on year to 602,000 tonnes as some plants were shut for maintenance, industrial sources said on Tuesday.

The domestic average operating rates of benzene plants in December 2012 fell to 74% from 77% in the same time a year earlier.

Its total output fell by 4.1% to 6.6m tonnes compared with the previous year, according to official data China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF).

Ethylene output decreased by 1.3% year on year to 1.329m tonnes in December, according to the data, which was received later than usual from CPCIF.

The total output in 2012 dropped by 2.5% to 14.9m tonnes compared with a year earlier, CPCIF data showed.

The country’s naphtha output fell by 4.7% year on year to 2.296m tonnes in December, and its total output in 2012 decreased by 2.4% year on year to 27.8m tonnes, the data showed.

China’s crude oil output in December, increased by 5.6% year on year to 17.9m tonnes in December and its total output in 2012 rose by 1.9% year on year to 207m tonnes.

China’s petrochemical output in December 2012:

Product

Dec 2012

Jan-Dec 2012

Output (‘000

tonnes)

% change (year on year)

Output (‘000 tonnes)

% change (year on year)

Crude

17,936

5.6

207,477

1.9

Crude processing

43,121

8.4

467,911

3.7

Natural Gas (in bn cbm)

10.2

5.6

106.7

6.7

Gasoline

8,465

17.5

89,759

10.3

Diesel

14,976

2.2

170,636

2.3

Naphtha

2,296

-4.7

27,798

-2.4

Ethylene

1,329

-1.3

14,868

-2.5

Benzene

602

-16.3

6,626

-4.1

Polyethylene (PE)

962

5.7

10,300

1.5

Polypropylene (PP)

1,075

17.7

11,216

12.7

Methanol

2,103

13.5

26,405

15.1

Acetic acid

371

-1.9

4,303

1.4

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

1,126

-6.1

13,178

0.5

Polyester

937

-4.5

11,401

2.7

Fertilizer

6,433

12.9

74,324

10.9

Source of data: CPCIF


By: Viola Pan
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