Ethane shortages slow down Mexico’s HDPE production

06 October 2011 21:39  [Source: ICIS news]

MEXICO CITY (ICIS)--Shortages of ethane have slowed production of ethylene in Mexico, which has reduced production of high density polyethylene (HDPE) at the Pemex manufacturing facilities, Pemex said on Thursday.

Delay in the supply of ethane set back the return of the Morelos swing plant to normal production rates.

The 300,000 tonne/year HDPE/LLDPE (linear low density PE) facility was shut down for maintenance in mid-August and restarted in late September, but is currently operating at reduced capacity, said Pemex commercial manager Jorge Carrillo Careaga on the sidelines of the 17th PLASTIMAGEN exhibition and conference taking place in Mexico City.

With short ethylene supply, Pemex stopped the 80,000 tonne/year Mitsui HDPE plant and operated the 100,000 tonne/year Asahi HDPE plant at reduced rates. 

However, Carrillo Careaga said the technical problems behind the ethane shortages were solved on Thursday, adding Pemex expects to be able to comply with the current program for deliveries.

Stocks and production of low density PE (LDPE) are adequate to meet demand, the source said.

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By: George Martin
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