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PP, PE capacity additions across globe in 2017 and 2018

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 05/07/2017 (09:56)
Several PP and PE capacities have been started up across the globe so far this year while many others are slated to come online in the second half of 2017 and afterwards. Global polyolefin players voice their concerns over growing supplies which are likely to exert pressure on PP and PE in the coming term.

In China, Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical launched its LDPE/EVA unit in May. The plant has a production capacity of 355,000 tons/year. In May, Zhong Tian He Chuang also started operations at its 370,000 tons/year LDPE plant. In addition to these, China’s Shenhua Ningmei Petrochemical is planning to launch its LLDPE/HDPE swing line in July. The plant has a production capacity of 450,000 tons/year.

In other countries including Canada, the USA, India and Iran, some of the capacity additions in 2017 are listed below.



Meanwhile, Exxonmobil is planning to launch its 1.3 million tons/year LLDPE plant in 2018 while Russia’s Novy Urengoy GCC’s 400,000 tons/year LLDPE plant is expected to come online in July 2019. In 2018, CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Limited (CSPC) is also planning to launch its PE plant which will be able to produce 300,000 tons/year of LLDPE and 400,000 tons/year of HDPE while Jiutai Energy’s 250,000 tons/year LLDPE/HDPE plant is slated to come online next year, as well.

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As for PP, China has added a considerable amount of new capacity so far. Qinghai Yanhu’s new PP plant came online on April 26. The plant is able to produce 160,000 tons/year of PP. Zhong Jiang Petrochemical also launched its 350,000 tons/year PP plant in April.

Zhongtian He Chuang launched its 350,000 tons/year PP plant in May while Yun Tian Hua’s 150,000 tons/year PP plant came online in June. In July, China’s Shenhua Ningmei started operations at its 600,000 tons/year PP plant. Meanwhile, Hebei Haiwei is planning to launch its 200,000 tons/year PP plant in September.

In 2018, China’s CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Limited’s (CSPC) 400,000 tons/year PP plant is slated to come online. Apart from this, Jiutai Energy is planning to launch its 350,000 tons/year PP plant and Hua Ting Mei Ye will start operations at its 200,000 tons/year PP plant next year.

Looking at other global markets, India’s OPAL launched its 340,000 tons/year PP plant in January while South Korea’s Hyosung also started operations at its 200,000 tons/year plant in the same month. In June, India’s Reliance commissioned its 135,000 tons/year PP plant. Meanwhile, in July, Thailand’s IRPC and Vietnam’s Nghi Son are expected to launch their new PP plants with production capacities of 300,000 tons/year and 370,000 tons/year, respectively.
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