US Q4 benzene production, inventories fall year on year

06 February 2014 17:46  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US fourth-quarter benzene production and inventories were down from the same time a year earlier, according to data available on Thursday by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

Fourth-quarter 2013 benzene production was at 363m gal (1.37bn litres), down by 9% from 398m gal in the fourth quarter of 2012.

However, total 2013 benzene production was up from 2012. Total 2013 benzene production was at 1.64bn gal, up by 2% from 1.61bn gal in 2012.

Meanwhile, fourth-quarter benzene inventories in 2013 were at 75m bbl, down by 26% from 101m bbl from a year earlier.

Fourth-quarter inventories were also down by 23% from 97m bbl in the third quarter.

Major US benzene producers include ExxonMobil, Marathon, Flint Hills Resources, Shell, LyondellBasell, Philips 66 and Total – all of which were among the companies that contributed production figures included in the AFPM survey.

Total benzene production, in millions of gallons

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

Q2 2013

Q3 2013

Q4 2013

398

388

475

410

363


By: Brian Balboa
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