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Petrologistics starts propylene production at Texas plant

October 25/2010

(ICIS) -- Petrologistics launched production at its propylene plant in Texas, the company said on Friday, adding that the unit is expected to run at capacity within 30 days.

The 544,000 tonne/year plant in Houston will produce chemical- (CGP) and polymer-grade propylene (PGP) through propane dehydrogenation (PDH), the only facility of its kind in the US.

The unit was originally expected to come on stream at the end of July, but the start-up was postponed several times as a result of commissioning issues, Petrologistics had said.

The delays generated anxiety in the US market, as buyers and sellers tried to calculate how the extra capacity would influence monomer prices in the short term.

Chevron Phillips Chemical, Enterprise Products, ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell, Shell Chemical and Petrologistics are among the major US producers of PGP and CGP.

Dow Chemical, INEOS, Ascend Performance Materials and Total are among the main buyers.


Petrologistics starts propylene production at Texas plant

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