Brazil's Braskem plans to start 'green' PP plant in 2013

28 October 2010 20:44  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazilian petrochemicals maker Braskem said on Thursday that it plans to launch “green” polypropylene (PP) production in 2013, using sugarcane ethanol as a feedstock.

The project would cost $100m (€73m), the company said, adding that the plant would have a minimum capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year.

Braskem did not disclose where it plans to build the plant.

The company in September launched production of green" polyethylene (PE) at a 200,000 tonne/year plant that uses ethanol-based ethylene as a feedstock.

Braskem has said it plans to build a second green PE unit with 350,000 tonnes/year of capacity.

The Brazilian company said its customers had agreed to pay a premium as high as 66% for green PE.

($1 = €0.73)

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By: William Lemos
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