The Global Ethylene Platform helps identify, pursue, and track opportunities associated with maintenance turnaround work for more than 395 operational ethylene production units. Subscriptions include access to project and plant platform information, unit profiles, and unit turnaround reports that are updated routinely on a strict quality-control schedule. Research for plant details, turnaround schedules and project activities are performed using our direct phone-verification methods to ensure accuracy of all platform information.
For the first time in more than a decade, there are plans to add a major amount of ethylene capacity in the United States. This new capacity is being driven almost entirely by the access to very inexpensive ethane feedstock from shale gas plays in Texas and the northeastern United States. There are multiple projects planned to get under way in the near future that will add capacity via furnace additions, feedstock conversions and other expansions. There are several producers planning or considering entirely new unit additions and grassroot plant construction. The amount of new capacity proposed in the United States over the next five years exceeds 20 billion pounds per year, significantly more than the market can bear. It will be a race to see who can design, justify and approve funding for the new capacity first, as the rest are destined to be canceled. In Europe, ethylene units are mostly processers of naphtha-based feedstock. The aging technology generally requires more frequent turnarounds then newer, world-scale units in other parts of the world. Details for new and expanding ethylene capacity is monitored around the globe for this niche platform.
The Ethylene Platform includes information on 315 global ethylene plants, with profiles on 395 production units. Plant information includes: owner and operator names, physical and mailing addresses, phone and fax numbers, plant operations details, and functional management contacts. Unit details include: unit name, owner, operator, capacities, and contacts.
Subscribers have instant access to all planned and unplanned ethylene unit turnarounds within the platform, as well as access to our research staff for real-time rumor tracking. New turnaround information such as schedule updates and unit status are delivered as they are discovered. Turnaround data includes the scheduled start date and duration, combined with plant and unit details. When maintenance turnarounds occur in this industry, the spending is significant, mainly because most major ethylene plants commonly schedule turnarounds only once every few years. The average duration of a turnaround is 25 days, with an average cost exceeding $15 million or more.
Each week Industrial Info’s research teams summarize and publish an ethylene outlook report for each global region providing timely insight market drivers and key market updates driving this very volatile industry. These reports include editorial comments on planned, unplanned and ongoing maintenance events, capacity startups and closures plus much more. This report includes charts and graphs for maintenance event moving averages, daily and weekly maintenance capacity summaries, a complete listing of all future maintenance events by global region, and new capacity forecast based on active projects.