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Propylene
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Propylene (a.k.a. Propene, Methyl Ethylene) has been established as a major component of the global olefins business, second only to ethylene. Having one double bond, this was the first petrochemical employed on an industrial scale, and is the second in natural abundance. Being a byproduct in ethylene production, propene’s development and expansion grew tremendously since 1965, due to ethylene's success as a chemical building block.
The uses and applications of Propylene may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Propylene are polymer grade (PG, 99.5% minimum purity); chemical grade (CG, 90-96% minimum purity); and refinery grade (RG, 50-70% minimum purity).

Propylene Cost of Production | Q4 2023

Updated Reports Examining Propylene Manufacturing Costs

Intratec offers professional, easy-to-understand Commodity Cost of Production reports analyzing the costs of Propylene manufacturing processes. Each report describes an industrial plant based on a specific Propylene process. The report also presents an independent analysis of the costs of Propylene production, encompassing plant capital costs (capex) and plant operating costs (opex). All reports are based on the most recent economic data available (Q4 2023).

Propylene Production from Ethylene and Butenes

This report presents the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from ethylene and raffinate-2. The process under analysis consists in a metathesis process similar to Lummus Technology's Olefins Conversion Technology (OCT). The economic analysis performed assumes a plant located in the United States.

Details: 350 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   107 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E11A target a 350 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Ethylene

This study presents the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from ethylene in the United States similar to the one proposed by Lummus Technology. First, ethylene is dimerized into 2-butenes, which are then reacted with ethylene via a metathesis reaction, yielding propylene.

Details: 250 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   107 pages   From $1,199 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E21A target a 250 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Propane (Moving-Bed Reactor)

This study presents the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from propane. The process consists in the dehydrogenation of propane, carried out in a moving-bed reactor, similar to UOP Oleflex. The economic analysis performed assumes a plant located in the United States.

Details: 550 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E31A target a 550 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Propane (Fixed-Bed Reactor)

This report examines the costs related to Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from propane in the United States. The process examined in this report is based on the dehydrogenation of propane carried out in fixed-bed reactors, similar to Lummus CATOFIN.

Details: 590 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E32A target a 590 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Propane (Oxydehydrogenation)

The report under analysis presents the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from propane in the United States. The process examined in this report uses a two-step dehydrogenation process (steam reforming/oxyreaction), similar to Uhde STAR.

Details: 450 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E33A target a 450 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Methanol (Methanol-to-Propylene Process)

This report presents the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from methanol in the United States, using a methanol-to-propylene (MTP) process similar to Lurgi MTP. Initially, methanol is is converted do dimethyl ether (DME), which is then converted to Propylene. Gasoline is generated as by-product.

Details: 560 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E41A target a 560 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Methanol (Methanol-to-Olefins Process)

This report analyses the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from methanol in the United States. The process examined in this report is similar to UOP/Norsk Hydro (now Ineos) methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process. Polymer grade ethylene is also generated as co-product in the process.

Details: 450 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   107 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E42A target a 450 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Vacuum Gas Oil (Catalytic Cracking)

This report presents the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from vacuum gas oil (VGO) in China. The portrayed process is similar to Sinopec Deep Catalytic Cracking (DCC) technology, in which VGO is converted to Propylene, generating propane, C4 fraction, C5+ naphtha and fuel oil as by-products.

Details: 400 kta China-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   107 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E51C target a 400 kta (kilometric tons per annum) China-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Vacuum Gas Oil (Catalytic Pyrolysis)

This report presents the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production process from vacuum gas oil (VGO) in China. The process examined in this report is similar to Sinopec Catalytic Pyrolysis Process (CPP) technology, in which VGO is converted to Propylene and ethylene, generating also propane, C4 fraction, C5+ naphtha and fuel oil as by-products.

Details: 250 kta China-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   107 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E52C target a 250 kta (kilometric tons per annum) China-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

PG Propylene Production from RG Propylene

This report examines the costs related to Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from refinery grade (RG) propylene, via a typical purification process. Propane stream is generated as by-product. The economic analysis performed assumes a plant located in the United States.

Details: 400 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E61A target a 400 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Naphtha (Steam Cracking)

This report approaches the economics of producing Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene from light naphtha in Germany, using a typical low-severity steam cracking process (maximizing propylene to ethylene ratio). In addition to Propylene and ethylene, the process generates electricity, crude C4, pyrolysis gas and fuel oil.

Details: 1,100 kta Germany-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E71B target a 1,100 kta (kilometric tons per annum) Germany-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Naphtha (Catalytic Cracking)

This report presents the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from light naphtha feedstock in Germany. The process examined in this report uses a catalytic cracking process similar to KBR SUPERFLEX. Polymer grade ethylene and gasoline are generated as by-products.

Details: 300 kta Germany-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E73B target a 300 kta (kilometric tons per annum) Germany-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Butenes

This report analyses the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from raffinate-1 in the United States, using two typical integrated processes: isomerization and metathesis. In these processes, 1-butene present in raffinate-1 is isomerized into 2-butenes. The 2-butenes are submitted with ethylene to a metathesis reaction, producing propylene. A C5s stream is generated as by-product.

Details: 480 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   106 pages   From $1,199 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E81A target a 480 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

Propylene Production from Soybean Oil

It presents the economics of Polymer Grade (PG) Propylene production from soybean oil in the United States, via a typical fluid catalytic process (FCC). In this process, soybean oil is cracked into olefin-rich light gases, including propylene. In order to yield greater amounts of propylene, the light gases are fed to a secondary FCC reactor.

Details: 300 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2023   |   107 pages   From $799 USD

The cost analyses presented in the report Propylene E91A target a 300 kta (kilometric tons per annum) United States-based plant. For those interested in cost analyses considering other plant capacities and/or locations, Intratec offers a customized analysis as an optional feature.

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Details: Customer-defined Plant Location & Capacity  |   Q4 2023 From $2,900 USD

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About Propylene. Propylene (a.k.a. Propene, Methyl Ethylene) has been established as a major component of the global olefins business, second only to ethylene. Having one double bond, this was the first petrochemical employed on an industrial scale, and is the second in natural abundance. Being a byproduct in ethylene production, propene’s development and expansion grew tremendously since 1965, due to ethylene's success as a chemical building block.

Propylene Uses. The uses and applications of Propylene may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Propylene are polymer grade (PG,99.5% minimum purity); chemical grade (CG,90-96% minimum purity); and refinery grade (RG,50-70% minimum purity).

Intratec Methodology. Intratec distilled its expertise, gained from more than a decade of supporting companies worldwide in the analysis of commodities markets and process economics, and developed a consistent report development methodology.

The methodology ensures a holistic, coherent, and consistent techno-economic evaluation, guiding the development of a report that allows readers to fully understand a specific process technology for the production of a commodity. In addition to being based on a common methodology, all Intratec reports that approach industrial processes have a common structure, i.e., indexes, tables and charts share similar standards. This ensures that Intratec’s readers know upfront what they will get and, more than that, will be able to compare technologies addressed in different reports.

Our methodology is continuously tested and proven by the many corporations involved with the commodities sector, R&D centers, EPC companies, financial institutions and government agencies that rely on our reports.

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