APLA '10: Oxiteno sees Brazil EO expansion online in 2011

08 November 2010 22:42  [Source: ICIS news]

RIO DE JANEIRO (ICIS)--Brazilian chemicals producer Oxiteno expects to complete its ethylene oxide (EO) expansion in Camacari next year, chief executive Joao Benjamin Parolin said on Monday.

The project in Brazil’s northeast state of Bahia would raise the company’s total EO capacity by 100,000 tonnes/year to 450,000 tonnes/year, he said in a statement prepared for ICIS during the 30th Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting.

Oxiteno, which is the chemical subsidiary of Brazilian industrial company Ultrapar, has just completed a 70,000 tonne/year ethoxylates expansion in Camacari. The new capacity came onstream in September, Parolin said.

In Maua, Sao Paulo, Oxiteno started up a light acetates unit at the beginning of this year, he added.

Oxiteno also intends to participate in the downstream EO-related units of Petrobras’ Comperj (Petrochemical Complex of Rio de Janeiro) project in the state of Rio de Janeiro, southeast Brazil, he confirmed. “The feasibility studies of such units are underway.”

Parolin also confirmed that the petrochemical part of the Comperj project has been delayed.

The APLA meeting runs through Tuesday.

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By: Anna Jagger
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