14 November 2008 23:02 [Source: ICIS news]
By Anna Jagger
RIO DE JANEIRO (ICIS news)--Ecopetrol is considering a large-scale expansion of its polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) production, a director of the Colombian state-owned petroleum company said here on Friday.
The company plans to raise its PE capacity from 50,000 to 550,000 tonnes/year, while PP capacity at the recently acquired Propilco site in ?xml:namespace>
He spoke on the sidelines of the 2008 Petrochemical Seminar, organised by US-based Polyolefins Consulting.
The proposed capacity increases are part of Ecopetrol’s planned expansion of its petrochemicals production capacity, including aromatics, to 2.7m tonnes/year by 2013, he said.
Ecopetrol is considering various options for the ethylene and PE expansions, said Cardozo The company currently has the capacity to produce 50,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 50,000 tonnes/year of PE at its
The best option, according to Cardozo, involves construction of a 200,000 tonne/year ethane cracker in the Bogota/Cusiana region, based on natural gas from the Cusiana fields, plus a 700,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in
Ecopetrol would build an approximately 200,000 tonne/year PE plant in Bogota/Cusiana and an approximately 300,000 tonne/year PE plant in
PE output from the Bogota/Cusiana site would be supplied to the Colombian market, while PE output from the
A second option involves the construction of a single cracker in
The one-day seminar took place ahead of the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting, which starts here on Sunday.
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