03 August 2007 00:32 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Colombia’s Ecopetrol was gearing up to produce 110,000 tonnes/year of refinery-grade propylene (RGP) beginning in September to supply the needs of Propilco, a source close the latter company said on Thursday.
The RGP from Ecopetrol will be processed by Propilco in its propylene splitter, which is under construction.
The splitter, which will turn RGP into polymer-grade propylene (PGP), 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.
When production starts, the propylene from Ecopetrol will supply about 25% of Propilco’s needs, the source said. Currently, ?xml:namespace>
Ecopetrol expects the propylene production will help to increase revenues without affecting the internal supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
RGP is obtained by extracting some components of LPG. RGP has 65% of propylene and 35% of LPG, Ecopetrol said.
Propilco will take the product as raw material to convert it to PGP. The remaining propane will be returned to Ecopetrol at no cost, to be added to the LPG pool of the refineries, Ecopetrol said.
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