Pemex begins restart of HDPE plants in Mexico

21 September 2011 23:45  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The restart of high density polyethylene (HDPE) plants in Mexico is underway, with expectations for normal production as soon as next week, a source with Pemex, the state-owned petroleum company, said on Wednesday.

The Pemex 80,000 tonne/year HDPE Mitsui plant (blow moulding material) is one of the affected plants. One production train was down at last check and is being restarted.

At the Morelos site, ethylene production needs to be restored to feed the 300,000 tonne/year swing plant, which produces linear low density PE (LLDPE) and HDPE. The restart process is underway.

During the turnarounds, domestic demand has been filled with pre-built inventories, but delivery of a few orders recently has been delayed, mostly on HDPE grades, according to buyers. 

A Pemex source acknowledged the cancellations and/or delays, but said only a few orders have been affected so far.

The low density polyethylene (LDPE) trains at the Cangrejera facility are up and running. Supply of this grade is said to be normal.

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By: George Martin
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