14 January 2011 18:28 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Braskem plans to build a new butadiene (BD) plant in Brazil that will increase its capacity by 30%, a Brazilian newspaper reported on Friday.
The company will invest Brazilian reais (R) 300m ($180m) in the construction of a 100,000 tonne/year facility, said daily newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, quoting a top company official.
The new BD unit would begin production in 2013, the daily said.
Braskem did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.
The company has two BD extraction units in Brazil with a combined capacity of 335,000 tonnes/year.
The figure does not include a third facility owned by Quattor, which is in the process of merging with Braskem.
Braskem is said to be considering building the new BD facility in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul state, where the company has one extraction unit and two steam crackers.
($1 = R1.67)
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