17 November 2008 15:44 [Source: ICIS news]
RIO DE JANEIRO (ICIS news)--Braskem’s green polyethylene (PE) plant is scheduled to come on stream in 2011, a company official said on Monday.
The 200,000 tonne/year unit is expected to run at full capacity after the start-up, a Braskem source said on the sidelines of the 28th Latin American Petrochemical Annual Meeting (APLA).
In 2007, the company produced the world’s first certified bio-based PE, using sugarcane-based ethanol as a feedstock.
Braskem said Brazil has a significant advantage in bio-based plastics production because of its vast sugarcane fields and large ethanol production.
Dow Chemical and Solvay also have green PE projects in Brazil.
Brazil is the world’s second-largest producer of ethanol with capacity in excess of 25bn litres/year.
The 28th APLA conference opened on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. The event will end on Tuesday.
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