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Strong Outlook for Mideast Aromatics Producers

6:44 PM MST | December 16, 2010 | —LINDSEY BEWLEY

Mideast demand for benzene is expected to grow 3.7%/year through 2015, to about 3.2 million m.t., fueled by rising production of ethylbenzene and cumene, CMAI says. Capacity is expected to grow at about 1.6%/year, to about 4.1 million m.t. The region accounts for less than 10% of global capacity, says Simon Moorhouse, director of aromatics/Europe, Middle East and Africa at CMAI (Dubai). About 36% of global benzene supply is produced via reformers, while about 38% is produced through pygas. “The majority of benzene in the Mideast is reformate-produced, but...

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