Analysis: 10 new cracker projects planned for U.S., boosting ethylene capacity

01/17/2014 | ICIS News (U.K.)

A total of 10 new ethane crackers are planned for the U.S., with construction beginning as soon as this year, and they are expected to add 12.5 million metric tons of ethylene capacity per year, according an ICIS analysis. Meanwhile, 10 expansion projects planned for existing cracking facilities would add 1.5 million metric tons of additional capacity. Capital investment for petrochemical facilities should peak around 2016 but labor and engineering constraints could hold off the peak until 2017 or 2018, said American Chemistry Council Chief Economist Kevin Swift.

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