PDH Study

Identify and target specific performance areas for improvement in your propane dehydrogenation plant facility.

Solomon’s Worldwide Propane Dehydrogenation Plant Performance Analysis (PDH Study) benchmarks your plant’s performance against the performance of other PDH plants. By analyzing and evaluating your competitive positioning and ranking results, you can better identify and target specific areas for performance improvement in the areas of yield optimization, cost reduction, energy efficiency, strategic planning, and margin improvement.

While PDH technologies have been in commercial operation since the 1990s, the recent and anticipated future growth in propylene capacity from this technology makes this the ideal time for PDH facilities to participate in the study.

As part of your study results, we provide individual plant rankings within each peer group based on KPIs for plant capacity and capacity utilization, propylene production, yields and catalyst performance, reliability-related production loss, maintenance cost as a percentage of replacement value, maintenance effectiveness indicator, hydrocarbon loss, net energy consumption, and financial performance. Financial performance includes maintenance cost, personnel cost, cash operating expense, total operating expense, production cost, net cash margin, replacement value, and return on investment.

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Obtain a clear picture of your competitive position with data-driven, actionable insight. Make informed decisions and justify your strategies and improvement projects. 

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There are approximately


PDH units currently in operation worldwide, with more capacity scheduled to come online.

How Do You Compare?

Solomon studies help you find answers to the critical questions key to your business success:

  • How reliable are my PDH facilities?
  • How does my plant utilization compare?
  • Are my operating expenses comparable to those of companies with similar facilities?
  • Do my facilities produce a competitive margin, accounting for my utilization and yields?
  • How do I compare across the range of performance in the industry?


Closing Performance Gaps

What gaps do you struggle to close? What quick and near-term actions will have the biggest impact on performance excellence & profitability? We know what good looks like… and how to get there.

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Data Quality, Benchmarking Methodology

A Foundation for Effective Comparative Performance Analysis and Decision Support

We prioritize the integrity and confidentiality of participant-submitted data and rigorously review that data before benchmarking begins. Then, we employ our normalization process and benchmarking methodology to provide valuable and trusted peer group comparisons that deliver meaningful KPIs. Finally, our staff of senior consultants apply their deep industry experience to develop practical insight and recommendations to enable your success.

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