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Chemical Economics Handbook

Linear Alpha-Olefins

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary5
Summary6
Introduction10
Manufacturing processes11
Ethylene oligomerization11
Chevron Phillips Chemical’s ethylene oligomerization (Ziegler process)12
INEOS’s ethylene oligomerization (modified Ziegler process)13
Shell’s ethylene oligomerization (Shell higher olefins process—SHOP)14
Idemitsu’s ethylene oligomerization process15
Vista’s Alfene® process15
Exxon’s ethylene oligomerization process15
DuPont’s Versipol™ process15
SABIC/Linde alpha-SABLIN™ process15
Ethylene tetramerization16
Ethylene trimerization16
Ethylene dimerization16
Other alpha-olefin synthesis routes16
Sasol’s purification process16
Paraffin wax cracking17
Dehydration of alcohols17
Isomerization of internal olefins17
Metathesis of natural oils17
Supply and demand by region18
North America18
Producing companies18
Salient statistics19
Consumption20
Polyethylene comonomers22
Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) resins23
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) resins24
Elastomers and plastomers25
Oxo alcohols25
Detergent alcohols25
Plasticizer alcohols27
Polyalphaolefins27
Oil field drilling fluids30
Other lubricant additives31
Linear alkylbenzene31
Surfactants32
Alkenylsuccinic anhydrides32
Synthetic fatty acids (C7-C9)33
Alkyldimethylamines and dialkylmethylamines34
Polypropylene comonomer36
Chlorinated olefins36
Linear mercaptans36
Aluminum alkyls37
Alkyldiphenylether disulfonates37
Other37
Price38
Trade38
Central and South America39
Salient statistics39
Consumption40
Western Europe41
Producing companies41
Salient statistics42
Consumption42
Polyethylene comonomers44
LLDPE/HDPE44
Plastomers and elastomers45
Polyalphaolefins45
Oxo alcohols46
Detergent oxo alcohols46
Plasticizer alcohols47
Polybutene-147
Alkenylsuccinic anhydride48
Linear alkylbenzene48
alpha-Olefin sulfonates/surfactants48
Lube oil additives48
Other49
Price49
Trade50
Central and Eastern Europe50
Producing companies50
Salient statistics51
Consumption51
Middle East52
Producing companies52
Salient statistics54
Consumption54
Africa55
Producing companies55
Salient statistics56
Consumption57
Japan57
Producing companies57
Salient statistics59
Consumption60
Polyethylene comonomers60
Oxo alcohols61
Plasticizer alcohols61
Detergent alcohols61
alpha-Olefin sulfonates62
Other62
Price62
Trade62
China64
Producing companies64
Salient statistics65
Consumption65
Polyethylene comonomers66
alpha-Olefin sulfonates67
Polyalphaolefins67
Other68
Other Asia68
Producing companies68
Salient statistics69
India69
Other Northeast Asia70
Southeast Asia70
Trade71
Other Northeast Asia71
Southeast Asia71
Bibliography72

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