18 October 2007 23:46 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The chemical industry in Brazil will invest some $18.2bn (€12.74bn) by 2012, according to an annual study by the Brazilian chemical trade association Abiquim on Thursday.
The results of the study showed planned investments were 16.6% higher than those in 2006, Abiquim said.
Of the total planned, some $9.2bn refer to production projects already approved or underway, while $7bn are still being studied, depending mainly on economic factors and the supply of feedstock in the future.
The remaining $2bn refers to investments in maintenance, process improvements, safety and environmental protection, among other similar categories of capital expenditure.
According to Abiquim, the investments will provide 5.6m jobs directly within the Brazilian chemical industry.
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Another important project is a $1bn ethanol-based ethylene and polyethylene (PE) plant planned for 2011 that will produce 350,000 tonnes/year in a partnership between Dow and Crystalsev, Abiquim said.
In 2008, the ethylene expansion project at Petroquimica Uniao in
Braskem and Petroquisa plan a polypropylene (PP) unit in Paulinia,
The study is based on a survey of results culled from 210 companies in the chemical sector.
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