06 March 2013 15:40 [Source: ICIS news]
AMSTERDAM (ICIS)--US propylene production from planned propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plants will make up for output lost in recent years as a result of a shift by US steam crackers to lighter feedstocks, a consultant said on Wednesday.
US PDH capacity will cover all the propylene lost from steam cracking and provide for some growth, Stewart Hardy, global manager, petrochemical market dynamics, said during a presentation at the 8th ICIS World Olefins conference.
The US has only one PDH plant, which has 544,000 tonnes/year of capacity, but seven new projects have been announced by five different producers that could potentially bring at least 4m tonnes/year of fresh capacity into the market.
The units are expected to begin production in 2015-2018.
The US produced around 29bn lb (13.2m tonnes) of propylene in 2012, down from 31.5bn lb in the previous year, according to data from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).
Around 60% of the propylene made in the US comes from refineries.
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