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Propylene overview Transcript
Propylene is a gas and belongs to the olefin group of petrochemicals. Along side ethylene it is one of the most important building blocks in the petrochemical industry.
Propylene consumption is dominated by the production of polypropylene, which accounts for about 60% of global propylene demand. Other important derivatives of propylene are: acrylonitrile, propylene oxide, acrylic acid and oxo-alcohols. All of these have a wide variety of uses in the industrial and commercial sectors.
Propylene is primarily produced along side ethylene in the steam cracking process, the steam cracking of petroleum based products such as gasoline, naphtha and LPG. Propylene is also produced as a by-product of gasoline manufacture in fluid catalytic crackers (FCC's) in refineries.
There is also the propylene dehydrogenation route for the production of propylene.
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Propylene: Market overview
European propylene supply is likely to be tight and prices firm throughout the second quarter. Supply restrictions because of better-than-expected demand, reduced cracker operating rates and refinery maintenance are expected to be an ongoing feature of the market although much will depend on ethylene derivative performance.
Tight European conditions could be offset by imports from weaker Asia and US regions.
Asian prices are likely to be volatile as weak derivative conditions and the upcoming start-up of three propane dehydrogenation (PDH) units in China with a combined capacity of 1.5m tonnes/year, may offset the turnaround season. Chinese buyers are expected to take a cautious stance amid an uncertain outlook for the downstream markets, which have seen a slowdown in the first quarter due to the weak economic climate.
US propylene prices were slowly falling during the first quarter after peaking in January on tight supply and aggressive buying, but prices are now expected to drift lower as inventory build is complete.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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Propylene is a colourless, flammable gas that burns with yellow, sooty flames. It is a dangerous fire risk because it is highly flammable and explosive when mixed with air or oxygen.
The dominant outlet for propylene is polypropylene (PP). Propylene is also used to produce acrylonitrile (ACN), propylene oxide (PO), a number of alcohols, cumene and acrylic acid.
The two main sources of propylene are as a byproduct from the steam cracking of liquid feedstocks such as naphtha as well as LPGs, and from off-gases produced in fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units in refineries. The remainder of propylene is produced using on-purpose technologies such as propane dehydrogenation (PDH) and metathesis.
Propylene is highly flammable and needs to be stored in pressurised or refrigerated tanks.
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