US April cracker propylene production falls 3.5% from March

28 May 2013 17:51  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US total propylene production from steam crackers in April fell by 3.5% from March, according to the Hodson Report issued on Tuesday from consulting firm Jacobs Consultancy.

US total propylene production was 922m lb (418,216 tonnes), down from March’s level of 955m lb.

The drop was partly because of lower production and partly because of April being a shorter month than March.

Daily April propylene production was at 30.73m lb/day, a 0.3% drop from March’s rate of 30.82m lb/day.

Overall, US cracker feedslate usage shifted 0.3% toward lighter feeds from heavier feeds, according to the report.

Production of ethylene, the driver of cracker operations, from propane fell to 1.119b lb in April from 1.182b lb in March.

Additionally, the proportion of propane-based ethylene fell to 25.7% from 26.5%, further decreasing production of propylene as a by-product.

The Hodson Report does not include propylene production from refineries or from propane dehydrogenation (PDH) units.

By: John Dietrich

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