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Dow Chemical is building its on-purpose propylene plant

April 26/2011

(ICIS) -- US-based Dow Chemical is building its on-purpose propylene plant as a strategy to ensure reliable feedstock supply for its  downstream products, a consultant said on Monday. Dow announced plans to build a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant for start-up in 2015. Dow is also considering a second propylene plant with a possible start-up in 2018.


An on-purpose propylene plant would use propane as a feedstock to produce solely propylene. Most of the propylene in the US is produce as a byproduct - either by naphtha crackers or by fluid catalytic crackers at refineries.


At the same time, refiners are becoming less willing to supply propylene to the chemical industry. Refineries use propylene as a feedstock to produce alkylate, an octane-boosting blendstock for gasoline.


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