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