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Lower olefins Sector Group (LOSG)

The Lower Olefins Sector Group (LOSG)

Uses and properties

Lower olefins are petrochemical derivatives produced by cracking feedstocks from raw materials such as natural gas and crude oil. The main olefin products are ethylene, propylene, butadiene and C4 derivatives. These petrochemical derivatives are used to produce plastics, as chemical intermediates, and, in some cases, as industrial solvents.

LOSG represents the interests of companies operating petrochemical crackers in Europe.

Issues and regulations

REACH Implementation
The LOA (Lower Olefins Aromatics) Consortium was formed, through which manufacturers have joined efforts to prepare by 30 November 2010 consistent registration dossiers covering 130 to 140 substances within 20 categories.

Ensure that the competitiveness of the petrochemical crackers in Europe is not adversely impacted by the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Specific Issues
  • The toxicology group has a multi-annual science programme dealing with fundamental research into lower olefins and their derivatives. Most of these studies are shared with other Cefic sector groups (Ethylene oxide, Propylene oxide) and with American Chemistry Council (ACC) panels.
  • Work with the IPPC Bureau on its updating of the large volume organic organic chemicals Best Available Technique Reference document; in particular the chapter dealing with lower olefins. The EEPC BREF LVOC Issue Group has developed a background document listing proposals for BAT and BAT-AEL conclusions for the LVOC BREF. These positions focus on a number of issues judged critical for the sector.
  • The European Ethylene Producers Committee (EEPC) is dealing with health, safety and environmental issues related to manufacturing and handling of ethylene. The committee is composed of two-thirds ethylene producers and one-third engineering companies. It provides a forum for the communication of non-confidential information and non-confidential expertise concerning the manufacture and handling of ethylene.
  • A major issue for EEPC is “Corrosion Under Insulation” (CUI), one of the most well-known damage mechanisms in the chemical industry.  Most ethylene producers’ assets are 30–50 years old and CUI typically occurs after 10 years in operation. A Workshop on CUI took place on 24-25 February 2016.
  • Maintenance, production & project engineers will learn to better understand the needs and requirements of turbo compressors & steam turbines in ethylene plants at the next EEPC workshop on Turbo Machinery on 15 /16 March 2017
  • The annual EEPC Ethylene Seminar will take place this year in Valencia, Spain from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 October 2016. It will gather around 110 paying delegates representing EEPC member companies, as well as 22 sponsoring companies.

Contact/Further information

Philip de Smedt, Sector Group Manager
Tel. + 32 2 676 7272


Full Members
BP Refining & Petrochemicals
Dow Europe
Evonik Industries
ExxonMobil Chemical

LyondellBasell Industries
Repsol Quimica
Sabic Europe
Shell Chemicals
Total Petrochemicals & Refining

Associated Member
United Chemical Company

Chairman: Owen Price-James, SHELL

More information

LOA (Lower Olefins and Aromatics) REACH consortium press release