Brazil PQU starts turnaround at olefins cracker

25 August 2008 22:16  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Brazilian petrochemicals producer Petroquimica Uniao (PQU) has begun a 45-day turnaround at its cracker in Sao Paulo, market sources said on Monday.

Maintenance at the 500,000 tonne/year unit began on Friday. The unit is scheduled to be restarted on 6 October, a company official said.

The stoppage includes an expansion project that will raise PQU’s capacity to 700,000 tonnes/year, according to local press reports.

PQU is the third Brazilian olefins maker to perform maintenance in 2008.

Copesul shut down in March one of its Triunfo crackers for a 30-day turnaround, while Braskem shut down one of its Camacari crackers in late May, also for 30 days.

Brazil has total ethylene capacity of 3.4m tonnes/year, according to global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing.

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By: William Lemos
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