Coal-based olefins in China

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Chemical production based on syngas from coal gasification is well established in China, resulting in large volumes of domestic methanol and ammonia supply that have had considerable commercial implications in terms of trade and market balances. Methanol to olefins (MTO) is a recently commercialized technology that has effectively opened up a new branch of coal chemistry; one that impacts the petrochemical industry.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
    • China - Why Coal?
    • China Olefins Production Cost Estimate (RMB per ton ethylene and propylene)
  • Capacity growth on two fronts
    • Where does China CTO fit on the Cost Curve?
  • Naphtha will continue to dominate
  • Coal chemicals are here to stay
  • CTO is still small in a global context
  • Conclusion

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  • Coal-based olefins in China: Image 6
  • China Ethylene Production by Feedstock
  • Coal-based olefins in China: Image 9
  • World Ethylene Production by Feedstock
  • Coal-based olefins in China: Image 1
  • China Coal Price Relative to US Gas and Brent Crude
  • China CTO/MTO Additions (Olefins Capacity ‘000 tons)
  • Declining Long Term Coal Production Forecast in Coastal and Central China
  • Coal-based olefins in China: Image 5
  • Coal-based olefins in China: Image 7


  • Ethylene Capacity Build-up in China (million tons)
  • Total Fixed Investment Cost

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