In the context of the Dutch chemical industry’s ‘Routemap’ the industry is actively seeking concrete ways of improving the efficiency of its products and processes. One option is to make higher-grade use of current ‘waste streams’, as feedstocks for other products, for example. This study focuses on propane waste streams from the oil and gas processing industry. Today these are used partly as fuel (‘fuel gas’) but there are no technical barriers to converting propane to propylene, which can then be used as a feedstock.
Higher-grade use of this particular waste stream leads to CO2 emission reductions in the production chain. Given the high market price of propylene, such a move may also be economically attractive. The study focuses on the Rotterdam region, because propane suppliers and companies seeking propylene are in closest proximity there.