APLA '10: Braskem to locate green PP in Triunfo or Sao Paulo

08 November 2010 18:25  [Source: ICIS news]

RIO DE JANEIRO (ICIS)--Braskem plans to produce bio-based polypropylene (PP) at one of its existing Spheripol technology plants, either in Triunfo or in the state of Sao Paulo, an executive with the Brazilian producer said on Monday.

Rui Chammas, Braskem’s vice president for polymers, said there were three possible locations for the production: Triunfo in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul state, Paulinia in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo, or Maua, also in Sao Paulo.

Braskem announced last month that it planned to build a propylene plant for the production of “green” PP, using sugarcane ethanol as a feedstock. It said the project would cost $100m (€71m) and have a minimum capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year.

The project could involve a minor expansion of an existing PP plant, Chammas told ICIS on the sidelines of the 30th Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting.

Braskem commenced production of 200,000 tonne/year bio-based polyethylene (PE) plant in Triunfo in September. The “green” PE would be produced at two existing PE plants.

“We are running at full capacity and starting to build inventories,” Chammas said.

The company is interested in building a second green PE plant, he confirmed, without specifying details. “It’s clear that there’s a market for biopolymers.”

The APLA conference runs through Tuesday.

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By: Anna Jagger
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By: Anna Jagger
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