April 2005

Special Report: Petrochemical Developments

Is producing acrylic acid from propane economical?

Only when propylene is scarce does this technology become cost effective

Bell, S., SRI Consulting

Technology is available to use relatively inexpensive propane, rather than more costly propylene, as a feedstock for acrylic acid. However, significantly higher utility and capital costs mean that this route may not be preferable. Only when propylene is priced three times higher (or more) than propane does this become a viable option for producing acrylic acid. As demand and supplies for propylene tighten, propane emerges as a viable feedstock to produce acrylic acid ACRYLIC ACID Propylene is established as the preferred feedstock for making this petrochemical. Ov

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