Asia is to contribute around 58 per cent of the global capacity growth of global ethylene oxide (EO) capacity from planned and announced projects between 2019 and 2023, according to a report from GlobalData.

The company’s report, ‘Global Ethylene Oxide (EO) Industry Outlook to 2023 – Capacity and Capital Expenditure Forecasts with Details of All Active and Planned Plants’, reveals that Asia is expected to have a new-build and expansion EO capacity of 3.86 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) from 17 planned and announced projects. Of these, 11 are planned projects and the remaining are announced projects.

Dayanand Kharade, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, says: “‘Jiaxing Sanjiang Petrochemical Company Jiaxing Ethylene Oxide Plant 6’, ‘PETRONAS Pengerang Ethylene Oxide Plant’, and ‘Lotte Chemical Corporation Cilegon Ethylene Oxide Plant’ are the few major new-build and expansion projects in Asia, which together will account for around 1.74 mtpa of the region’s capacity.” 

GlobalData identified North America as the second highest region in terms of capacity additions in the global EO industry. The region will add a new-build and expansion capacity of 1.49 mtpa from five planned and announced projects.

The major capacity additions will be from an announced project, ‘Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) San Patricio Ethylene Oxide Plant’, with a capacity of 0.79 mtpa. It is expected to start operations in 2022.

The Middle East stands third, with new-build EO capacity of 0.82 mtpa by 2023. The entire capacity addition will be from the planned projects, ‘Jubail United Petrochemical Company Al-Jubail Ethylene Oxide Plant 3’, ‘Persian Gulf Petrochemical Andimeshk Ethylene Oxide Plant’ and ‘Ibne Sina Petrochemical Company Hamadan Ethylene Oxide Plant’.

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15th October 2019