Why is China’s enthusiasm for PDH investment unabating?

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05 August 2020

Why is China’s enthusiasm for PDH investment unabating?

Report summary

Two new propane dehydrogeneration (PDH) units came online in China in July, taking the total number of operational PDH units in the country to 18. And with a wave of new projects starting up in the next few years, we expect PDH will account for a quarter of China’s total propylene production capacity by 2025. With investor enthusiasm for PDH showing no signs of slowing, this insight examines the popularity of this on-purpose technology, seeking to answer these questions: • What is driving China’s unrelenting PDH investment? • How competitive is China’s PDH compared to other propylene production routes? • Where does the propane feedstock come from ? • How will the PDH investment surge impact the international propylene market?

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • What is the current PDH situation in China?
  • What is driving continuous PDH investment in China?
  • Who is investing in PDH and how do they integrate with derivatives?
  • Where does the propane come from?
  • How is the PDH investment surge impacting the propylene market?

Tables and charts

This report includes 7 images and tables including:

  • China propylene capacity development
  • China PDH vs. Rest of world PDH
  • China PDH units distribution
  • Margins for PDH and other propylene production routes
  • PDH derivatives in 2013-July 2020
  • PDH derivatives in August 2020-2025
  • China propane import

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