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China's coal-, methanol-to-olefins profitability under pressure as crude prices remain low

With Anton Ferkov

February 18, 2016 06:07:10 EST (3:27)

China is the only country that has been pouring massive investments into petrochemicals production from coal and methanol. But with crude oil prices lingering at levels not seen in over a decade, do coal-to-olefins and methanol-to-olefins processes still hold a competitive edge against naphtha-based production? Platts senior managing editor Anton Ferkov examines CTO and MTO production costs and profitability in this low oil price environment.

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Can China's coal-to-olefins and methanol-to-olefins ambitions survive the plunge in crude oil prices?

Massive investments in China to expand CTO and MTO capacity now face challenging times. With the plunge in crude oil prices eroding the competitive edge they once had versus naphtha, will this boom end soon or is it the beginning of a new era?

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