Olefins Database

Olefins Database

The Olefins Database is a client/server application that reports on current and historical data about U.S. steam cracker operations. It provides a factual, detailed basis for the United States market-level planning needs of gas liquids sellers, olefins producers, and olefins buyers.

All the information you need- at your fingertips. The Olefins Database contains data on operations, downtimes, and feedstocks, by month, since January 1988. It can generate standard or custom reports. For flexible and reliable analysis, you can control unit groupings, market locations, reporting period, frequency, feed capabilities, and more. 

The Power of Analysis

You have the power to create the customized analysis, which is Excel exportable. Users can select periods, frequency, feed capabilities (inclusive), tables, or graphs. Results can be compared for units, companies, locations, and markets. With a few clicks, users can answer questions like “How has feed consumption and olefins production changed over time?” 

Key Features of the Database

Monthly operating data are generated through our monthly surveys of each company by unit, in continuance of The Hodson Report

Historical data by month are based on source survey records from which text and tables of The Hodson Report were compiled. This information has been tested and corrected through a rigorous validation process. The result is a uniquely clean, complete, and consistent set of operating information that is of superior quality to any data previously or currently available.

Every unit outage has been logged, tested against operating data for each month, and classified by category and type.

A record is maintained of each outage for each month, with days down and percent offline for each unit.

Each facility is detailed with capacity each month, unit identification, location, and feedstock capabilities. Each is assigned to a practical, physical market:

  • US Gulf Coast, Texas System (Corpus Christi to Lake Charles, LA)
  • US Gulf Coast, East of Lake Charles (the Mississippi River Market)
  • US Gulf Coast, Inland
  • US East Coast/Midwest

Fundamental supply/demand balances for US olefins are reconciled to government-reported trade and the American Fuel and Petrochemicals Manufacturers (AFPM) surveyed total production and stocks, from which apparent consumption is calculated. Monthly production from sources other than steam crackers and monthly inventory changes are interpolated from NPRA quarterly surveys to estimate monthly supply/demand data consistent with monthly operating data.

Monthly records from our petrochemical services are included for gas liquids and heavy feedstocks prices, ethylene costs of production, and olefin prices.

For more information, please contact Kevin Chin