Volume 85 Issue 17 | pp. 27-29
Issue Date: April 23, 2007

Refining Chemicals

Petrochemical makers are looking beyond the ethylene steam cracker as a source of olefins
Department: Business

FACED WITH tough competition, petrochemical companies are searching for any advantage they can get. Increasingly, they are finding their basic chemicals in a place they normally go to for raw materials: the oil refinery.

Helping these companies are advances in fluid catalytic crackers, or FCCs, which are components of most refineries. Although primarily used to make gasoline, FCCs produce nearly one-third of the world's propylene. With propylene prices rising, technologies that increase FCC output of . . .

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