05 June 2007 23:20 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Propilco has postponed the expected start-up of its new propylene splitter in Colombia to September or October from August due to delays in receiving parts, a company source said on Tuesday.
The splitter, which will turn refinery-grade propylene into polymer-grade propylene, was expected to have an initial production capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year. Propilco could eventually double the splitter's capacity to 300,000 tonnes/year.
The feedstock refinery-grade propylene (RGP) will be supplied in part from Ecopetrol’s 78,000 bbl/day refinery in Cartagena,
This unit will reduce the Colombian plastics maker’s reliance on imported material from Venezuela and the US Gulf, the source said. He noted, however, that Propilco was expanding its polypropylene capacity and would still require monomer from these locations.
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