Volume 89 Issue 15 | pp. 22-23
Issue Date: April 11, 2011

China: New Report Describes Continued Petrochemical Expansion

Department: Business
Keywords: petrochemicals, ethylene, polyethylene, ethane, ethylene, shale, natural gas

At a late-March press conference in Hong Kong, executives from Sinopec, China’s top refiner and petrochemical producer, noted that their firm boosted ethylene output by 35% in 2010 to more than 9 million metric tons. By 2015, Sinopec expects it will produce as much as 13.5 million metric tons of ethylene annually, nearly twice as much as Japan produced prior to the recent earthquake.

These numbers underline the expansion in China’s petrochemical industry. In a . . .

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