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U.S. Olefins Production Rises Slightly in Third Quarter

11:58 AM MST | November 11, 2009 | Lindsey Bewley

U.S. olefins production rose in the third-quarter of 2009 sequentially by an average of about 3%, according to the latest production statistics from the National Petrochemical Refiners Association (NPRA; Washington). Ethylene production rose 2.3% from the second-quarter to 13.0 billion lbs, while propylene climbed about 5.7% to 7.8 billion lbs. Butadiene rose a mere 1.1% to 772 million lbs, NPRA says. Olefins production remains mixed year-on-year. Though ethylene production is up 12% and propylene is up 2.2% compared to the third-quarter of 2008, butadiene is...

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