Plant Performance Data (PPD)
ICIS pricing plant performance data (PPD) reports track activities at ethylene plants and crude oil refineries globally. These monthly reports record total or nameplate capacity, operating rates as well as shutdowns and other developments at individual production facilities. The reports are available in a paper wallchart format or are downloadable from the ICIS pricing website as a CSV or excel file.
Data for the report month is collected at the end of the previous month. Therefore information published is an estimate of plant activity in the report month. This may vary from actual operations at the facility due to subsequent unscheduled shutdowns or alterations in production plans. Information is collected through direct contact with the plant operator. If that is not possible data is sourced from third parties with detailed industry knowledge.
All PPD reports are published monthly
The ICIS pricing Worldwide Ethylene Plant Report
ICIS pricing's worldwide ethylene plant report tracks activities at ethylene plants globally. This monthly report records total or nameplate capacity at more than 250 facilities together with scheduled and unscheduled shutdowns, as well as other developments at individual production facilities. Regional and global monthly production losses derived from the shutdown data are also presented.
The report is emailed to subscribers as an Excel spreadsheet, with accompanying Powerpoint presentations. Scheduled shutdown data, expressed in terms of number of days of outage, is made available at the individual plant level in the Excel spreadsheet, or is available in CSV format together with start and end dates; unscheduled shutdown data is available as a regional aggregate. The report is also available as a colour printed wallchart. However, the wallchart excludes plants from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Data for the report month is collected at the end of the previous month. Information published is ICIS pricing editors' best estimate of plant activity retrospectively and of future planned activity. Future activity may vary from actual operations at the facility due to subsequent unscheduled shutdowns or alterations in production plans. Should any new information subsequently become available to ICIS, the data will be amended retrospectively. Information is collected through direct contact with the plant operator. If that is not possible data is sourced from third parties with detailed industry knowledge.
Each plant has an individual listing, which shows:
- Area – the geographical region in which the facility is located.
- Country – the nation in which the facility is located.
- Company – the name of the operator of the facility. Where there has been a change in ownership, the name of the current operator is given.
- Location – the name of the site/town/region in which the plant is located. This includes the abbreviated state name for the US and Australia, or province name for Canada and China. Location also includes the plant designation where an operator has more than one plant at the same site
For each facility, editors collect information on the following:
Nameplate capacity - given in both thousand tonnes per year (kt/a) and million pounds per year (m lb/a).The nameplate capacity of the plant is the maximum amount of product which the plant is designed to produce in a full calendar year. Measurement is in calendar days and so it does not take into account any plant stoppages which may occur during the year.
Feedstock – lists the feedstocks utilised in the plant.
Estimated operating rate - The estimated operating rate is the percentage of nameplate capacity estimated to be in operation over the month prior to the date of the report. The regional average is assumed for each plant, unless ICIS is specifically informed otherwise; the estimate is adjusted to take account of the number of days a plant is shutdown over the month
Shutdowns - includes both planned and unplanned shutdowns. The shutdown data covers a 24-month period, which includes the report month, shutdown data of the previous 11 months with any retrospective adjustments, and a shutdown forecast for the next 12 months. There are four types of shutdown displayed:
- Scheduled shutdowns (coloured red). If start and end dates are known these are shown in Remarks. Scheduled shutdowns are shutdowns planned in advance for routine maintenance or plant upgrades. If a scheduled shutdown is extended due to unforeseen circumstances, the end date in the CSV file will be shown as the end of the planned shutdown period and the continued shutdown will be shown as unscheduled.
- Unscheduled shutdowns, plant outages or material loss of production (coloured yellow). If dates are known these are shown in Remarks. Unscheduled shutdowns include shutdowns due to unexpected technical issues, fires and explosions, weather-related shutdowns and shutdowns related to market conditions.
- Combination of scheduled and unscheduled shutdowns (coloured blue), with dates of each type of event if known shown in Remarks.
- Plant not on stream (coloured blue), includes new plant startups that are not yet commissioned, old plant closures and mothballed plant. Plant not on stream for these reasons is not included in monthly totals of nameplate or available capacity.
Also included for each region is the total capacity lost each month due to shutdowns and this total loss is also expressed as a percentage of nameplate capacity.
Remarks – This section lists dates of the last scheduled shutdown, if known, dates for the next scheduled shutdown, if known, and the reasons for any shutdowns. Information on projected expansions, planned permanent plant shutdowns, changes of company ownership or name may also be listed in this section.
Regional and global monthly production losses derived from the shutdown data are presented in a range of Powerpoint charts, designed for ease of incorporation into client presentations.
Typical Powerpoint presentations include charts for each of the major regions (Europe, North America, Africa/Middle East, Asia Pacific) plus a global overview covering various time periods, retrospective and forward looking, of:
- nameplate capacity, available capacity (defined as nameplate capacity minus the scheduled and unscheduled losses), and scheduled and unscheduled losses (in thousand tonnes per month)
- scheduled and unscheduled losses (in thousand tonnes per month) and losses as a percentage of nameplate capacity Please note: Capacity data displayed in the charts (in thousand tonnes per month) exhibits a sawtooth profile because the capacities are calculated per day. The monthly total varies depending on the number of days per calendar month.
In addition, for regions or countries where production statistics are available from industry associations
- nameplate and available capacities together with operating rates expressed as a percentage of nameplate capacity (nameplate operating rate) and as a percentage of available capacity (effective operating rate). [Nameplate operating rate is defined as industry association production data divided by nameplate capacity and effective operating rate as industry association production data divided by available capacity.]
Production statistics are taken from a number of industry associations, including the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) association (formerly the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association) (for the US), the Association of Petrochemical Producers in Europe (APPE) (for western Europe), Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) (for Japan) and the National Bureau of Statistics (for China).
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ICIS pricing Refinery Reports
ICIS pricing produces three refinery reports
Asia-Pacific, Arab Gulf Refinery Report – this report tracks operations at over 160 refineries covering the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, China, Japan and Korea.
European Refinery Report – this report tracks operations at over 150 refineries covering Northwest Europe, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.
Americas Refinery Report – this report tracks operations at over 170 refineries, covering Canada , USA , Central and South America .
Each refinery in the report has an individual listing showing
- Area – the geographical region in which the refinery is located.
- Country – the nation in which the refinery is located.
- Company – the name of the operator of the refinery.
- Location – the name of the site/town/region in which the refinery is located. This will include the abbreviated state name for USA, or province name for China.
For each refinery, editors collect information on five broad categories of refining technology, these are:
- Crude Distillation
- Vacuum Distillation
- Cracking – this category combines information on the following forms of cracking:
- Fluidised Catalyst Cracking/ Residual Fluidised Catalyst Cracking (FCC/RFCC)
- Thermal Cracking
- Visbreaking – this category combines information on the following forms of residue reduction:
- Reforming – this category combines information on the following forms of reforming:
- Semi-Regen Reformers
- Continuous Catalyst Reformers (CCR)
For each of the above five processes editors collect information on:
- Total Capacity (b/cd) – the maximum amount of feedstock which the refinery unit can run in one day. Measurement is in calendar days, so it does not take into account any refinery stoppages which may occur during the year.
- Operating Rate (%) – The operating rate is the percentage of capacity estimated to be in operation over the reporting month.
- Shutdowns - lists both planned and unplanned shutdowns with precise dates where possible. The shutdown table covers a 15 month period, which includes the report month, retrospectively adjusted shutdown data for the three previous months, and a shutdown forecast for the 11 succeeding months.
- Remarks – this section contains further information on planned, unplanned and permanent shutdowns affecting the five main refining categories, including dates and reasons for shutdowns. Also included maybe shutdown information affecting other refining technologies such as hydrotreating, and alkylation units. Information on projected expansions, changes of ownership or name, as well as inventory and technology data, may also be listed in this section.