13 December 2007 22:11 [Source: ICIS news]
CARACAS (ICIS news)--Propilco has begun production at a new propane/propylene splitter that is intended to reduce the Colombian polypropylene (PP) producer's dependence on imported raw materials, a company source said on Thursday.
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The new unit, located in Cartagena, has the capacity to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of polymer-grade propylene (PGP), began operating in October, said Cabrales.
The splitter is used to separate propane and refinery-grade propylene (RGP) that it receives from refineries in
Installing the unit is just one step of a larger project to expand the producer's capacity to both meet growing internal demand and export excess supplies into the international market.
Propilco's expansion is also an important facet of the Colombian government's concerted effort to develop an integrated petrochemical industry.
"This is an important advance toward the integration of a petrochemical supply chain in
Last month, President Alvaro Uribe broke ground on what is to be a cluster of petrochemical and plastics companies in the industrial zone of Mamonal in the Caribbean
The idea of the new industrial park is to provide transformers with easy access to port facilities and resins suppliers such as Propilco and Petco. Ecopetrol and its partner Swiss-trading house Glencore will supply the cluster with raw materials from its
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