Brazil’s Braskem invites bids for Comperj olefins project

04 November 2011 22:38  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Braskem has invited bids for companies to supply their technologies and basic engineering work for the olefins complex within the Comperj refinery and petrochemicals project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a source said on Friday.

The Brazilian chemicals producer has invited companies to submit their bids in a “super licensor” format, covering the technologies for the Comperj olefins complex, he said.

The deadline for the submission of bids is the end of November, added the source.

Brazilian state-owned energy group Petrobras, which owns a major stake in Braskem, is co-ordinating the Comperj refinery and petrochemicals project. Downstream petrochemicals production is expected to include polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), styrene, ethylene glycol (EG) and paraxylene (PX).

Braskem is expected to implement the PE and PP projects, in addition to the olefins project. The company said last month that it was still in discussions with Petrobras regarding the detailed configuration of these units.

Petrobras decided earlier this year to reconfigure the Comperj project. The project will now include a second refinery and will use ethane, in addition to naphtha, as feedstock for the petrochemicals production. The additional refining capacity will help meet Brazil’s growing demand for fuel.

The plants are expected to start up between 2016 and 2018.

By: Staff Reporter
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