A look into China’s unique coal-to-olefins production

11 July 2016

China’s methanol-to-olefin (MTO) capacity totaled to 8.365m tonnes at the end of Q1 2016, with the capacity of methanol-to-propylene accounting for 5.54m tonnes and that of methanol-to-ethylene accounting for 2.825m tonnes. Operating rates of coal to olefins plants had been stable. In January –May 2016, the average operating rate of coal to olefins plants was at 85%, while there were maintenances and shutdowns.


Enabling you to stay on top of this production that is unique to China, ICIS has launched this year’s version of the China Coal-to-Olefins Annual Report. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the competitiveness and sustainability of China’s coal-to-olefins development and comes with quarterly updates to reflect market changes and update your assumptions and strategies based on the latest on-the-ground intelligence.

Five key questions addressed by the study:

  • In the context of low oil prices, how competitive are the coal-to-olefins plants?
  • At which crude oil price levels would the coal-to-olefins plants have strong economics?
  • What are the margins of coal-to-olefins plants? How sustainable are they with stricter environmental controls expected in China?
  • How stable are the operating rates of coal-to-olefins plants?
  • What is scale of acceptability of coal-based olefins products in China?

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ICIS China Coal-to-Olefins Competitiveness Report

Gain deeper insights into the competitiveness and cost differences of coal-based production in China.

  • In-depth analysis of investment cost, competitive advantage and sustainability of coal-based production
  • A comparison of olefin production based on feedstock used and commercial applications
  • Challenges/risks and the acceptability of coal-to-olefins
  • Analysis of macroeconomic policies and government regulations concerning coal-based production

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