Linear Alpha Olefins (LAOs) are straight-chain hydrocarbons. They are characterized by a double bond in the terminal or alpha position. The production of linear alpha-olefins (LAOs) yields an entire range of even-numbered carbon chain-length LAOs varying from four carbons (butene-1) to more than thirty carbons (expressed as C30+).
The industrially important alpha-olefins are
The biggest outlet for LAOs are their use as comonomers for polyethylene production while other important end-uses include lubricants, plasticizers, oil-field & fine chemicals, detergent intermediates, lubricants, polybutene-1, pulp & paper and additives amongst others. Higher LAOs are not used as polyethylene comonomers. The major uses of higher LAOs are lubricants, detergent, oil filed chemicals and many other miscellaneous applications.
In the long term forecast till 2025, the demand for higher LAOs is likely to grow at CAGR of 3.2% with oilfield chemicals & detergent accounting for a combined share of 60%. All other applications are likely to maintain a similar share as witnessed in history, till the end of the forecast period. Prismane Consulting s LAOs integrated market model has tracked all LAOs with their production, demand-supply, and process-technologies for all full range and on-purpose capacities.