Propylene Prices, markets & analysis
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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
Updated to Q4 2014
Asian propylene prices are likely to remain weak between October and December 2014 following the start-up of three Chinese propane dehydrogenation (PDH) units in the previous quarter and amid continued weak domestic consumption in Taiwan. The domestic supply in China is expected to increase as operations at the new PDH projects, which have a combined propylene capacity of 1.5m tonnes/year, increase and stabilise. Meanwhile, exports from Taiwan are expected to remain healthy because of planned and unplanned shutdowns at downstream units.
The European propylene market is largely expected to maintain its current balanced-to-long position for much of the fourth quarter, although there may be some slowdown as companies implement the usual year-end inventory controls. The strong dollar as well as the competitive European prices have favoured European derivatives in the global marketplace and sources hope that this will continue in the remaining months of the year.
In the US, tight supply and falling inventories are expected to be counterbalanced to a certain extent by weak downstream polymer demand amid high feedstock costs. The current tight propylene supply is likely to ease if planned shutdowns at several crackers and refineries restart as scheduled.
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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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