PE plant turnarounds in Mexico to intensify in August, September

28 July 2011 22:48  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Mexico’s schedule for plant turnarounds will intensify in August and September, affecting all grades of polyethylene (PE), Pemex sources said on Thursday.

The Pemex high density PE (HDPE) Mitsui plant (blow moulding material) with an 80,000 tonne/year capacity is scheduled to stop train A during the entire month of August, and train B from 11–24 August.

The 100,000 tonne/year HDPE Asahi plant (injection material) is also scheduled to stop for the period of 11–24 August.

The 300,000 tonne/year Morelos swing plant (HDPE/linear low density PE (LLDPE)) will have a turnaround from 11 August to 15 September.

Ethylene production at the Morelos site will also stop during those dates for programmed maintenance.

Maintenance to the low density PE (LDPE) trains has been completed in two of three units at the Morelos site. The last train will be stopped from 1–28 August.

Currently, all three LDPE trains are working, allowing inventory to build up ahead of the upcoming procedures.

Pemex has sufficient inventories for its clients during the turnarounds. Imports routinely complement the supply side, hence no shortages are expected.

Pemex is the only PE producer in Mexico.

For more on PE visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: George Martin
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