US November daily propylene production from crackers up 2.1%

03 January 2014 17:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US November daily propylene production from crackers was 2.1% higher month on month, according to data released on Friday from consulting firm Jacobs Consultancy.

The firm’s Hodson Report showed US daily cracker propylene production at 29.40m lb/day (13,000 tonnes/day), up from 28.79m lb/day in October.

The rise was partly attributed to higher cracker operating rates, which climbed to 94.3% in November from 92.4% in October.

Additionally, the US cracker feedslate shifted 0.4% heavier, although propane consumption fell.

Propane as a feedstock usage fell to 22.8% of the feedslate in November from 24.3% in October.

However, heavier feedstocks such as naphtha – 7.4% in November compared with 6.9% in October –and butane – up to 5.1% from 4.3% during the same time frame – boosted cracker production of propylene.

Total November propylene production fell 1.0% month on month, however, owing to one less day of production compared with October.

Total cracker propylene production was 883m lb in November, down from 892m lb in October.

By: John Dietrich

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