Rise of Polyolefin Demand Favors Polypropylene via Gas Phase Process Production

Gas Phase Polypropylene Process can be profitable in China and in the US, reveals Intratec's latest study.

Houston, TX, August 01, 2012 --(PR.com)-- In its latest report, Intratec Solutions LLC (www.intratec.us), a Houston publisher and chemical process consulting firm, scrutinizes the capital investment and operating costs of the polypropylene production via polymerization of propylene using a gas phase process in the US and China, based on a process similar to the Dow UNIPOL™ method.

Polypropylene Production via Gas Phase Process, Q3 2012 remembers that the demand for polyolefin has growth, due to the fast economic progression of several transition countries in the Asia Pacific region, Central Europe, the Middle East and South America, raising the propylene and polypropylene prices.

Accordingly, in the US, the upstream integration between Polypropylene and Propane Dehydrogenation Plants is more lucrative than the standalone production of Polypropylene Plant, considering the easy access to feedstock and the raw material low price.

The research indicates that China presented the lowest CAPEX, being evaluated in approximately USD 220 million, and the most attractive return of investment. Nevertheless, in terms of OPEX costs, the USA is nowadays more cost-competitive than the other region: in a 400 kta plant located in the US Gulf Coast, the OPEX has a value lower than China, having an EBITDA margin of 21%.

Polypropylene Production via Gas Phase Process belongs to the Technology Economics Program (TEC), and is offered at established distribution channels like Amazon.com and HP Magcloud. A preview of the report may be found at: http://intratec.us/publications/polypropylene-production-via-gas-phase-process.

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