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China to dominate upcoming petrochemical project starts in Asia through 2027 

China is set to dominate the total upcoming petrochemical project starts in Asia, as it is likely to start operations of 410 petrochemical projects from 2023 to 2027, according to GlobalData, the data and analytics company.

GlobalData’s latest report, Petrochemicals New Build and Expansion Projects Analysis by Type, Development Stage, Key Countries, Region and Forecasts, 2023-2027, shows that China will account for about half of petrochemical project starts in Asia by 2027. Out of 410 projects that are expected to commence operations in the country, polypropylene projects lead with 48, followed by propylene projects at 42.

Bhargavi Gandham, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “China continues to add a significant number of petrochemical projects in order to meet ever-growing domestic industrial and consumer demand, and also to reduce imports. The upcoming projects are also part of China’s plans to achieve self-sufficiency in petrochemicals.”

Polypropylene projects would constitute around 12% of all petrochemical project starts in China during the period 2023 to 2027. Among upcoming polypropylene projects, North Huajin Refining and Petrochemical Liaoning Polypropylene Plant leads with a production capacity of 1.0 mtpa and is expected to commence operations by 2027.

Bhargavi concludes: “Among propylene projects, which are expected to come online from 2023 to 2027, Shandong Yulong Petrochemical Longkou Propylene Plant 1 leads with a production capacity of 2.30 mtpa. The project is presently under construction and is expected to start operations in 2025.”

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