US June daily cracker propylene production up 7.3% from May

06 August 2013 17:46  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US daily propylene production from crackers was up by 7.3% month on month, according to data made available on Tuesday from consulting firm Jacobs Consultancy.

The firm’s Hodson Report said that US June daily propylene production from crackers was 30.36m lb/day (13,771 tonnes/day), up from May’s level of 28.29m lb/day.

The increase was largely fuelled by higher cracker operating rates, which moved to 87.1% from 84.0% month on month, tracking several restarts.

Additionally, the US cracker feedslate registered a 0.6% shift toward heavier feeds, according to the report.

June propane consumption at crackers increased to 1.436m bbl, 30.5% of the feedslate, compared with May’s consumption of 1.386m bbl, 29.6% of the feedslate.

June naphtha consumption was 3.627m bbl, 7.7% of the feedslate, compared with May consumption of 3.517m bbl, 7.5% of the feedslate.

The shift toward heavier feeds and increase in production levels outweighed one less production day in June compared with May, pushing total propylene production slightly higher.

US crackers in June produced 911m lb of propylene, up by 3.9% from May’s production level of 877m lb.

By: John Dietrich

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