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Propylene: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
PP supply could see a slight lengthening at the start of the third quarter if S-Oil can achieve on-spec production at its new residue fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit near Ulsan, South Korea. The length may not last as cracker turnarounds in September could turn the supply and demand balance back to tight.
Demand at the start of the third quarter could be weaker in China as some PP producers are still expected to be shut down. Sales of PP could still be slow as its downstream is still recovering from the seasonal lull. Weak Chinese currency could also dampen import demand.
Propylene supply should be better balanced in the third quarter as the planned spring cracker and refinery maintenance slate will be complete. Supply length is not anticipated barring any unforeseen events on the derivative side, due to light feedstock cracking and ongoing heat constraints on production rates in some areas.
Propylene demand is expected to remain healthy as some derivatives will be needing to run fully in order to catch up with volumes lost during earlier planned and unplanned derivative production outages. There are no signs of a seasonal dip in demand at this stage.
US propylene supply could lengthen in the third quarter as production from refineries and crackers improves. Refinery production had been limited in the second quarter by turnarounds and had been limited from crackers by higher costs for heavier feedstocks which produce more propylene. Propylene production from propane dehydrogenation (PDH) units is expected to remain strong following the start-up of a new 750,000 tonne/year unit in the US Gulf earlier in the year which has been operating at above nameplate capacity.
US propylene demand could fall in the third quarter as an increase in propylene prices late in the second quarter is encouraging derivative buyers to turn to imports and inventories. However, the price spike is not as severe as in the first quarter so the fall-off in demand may not be as severe. Downstream polypropylene (PP) operating rates had fallen by about 10% in the first quarter in response to an early year propylene price spike.
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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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