APLA '11: Mexico’s Ethylene XXI project to start up mid-2015

06 November 2011 00:20  [Source: ICIS news]

An ethylene crackerBUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Brazil-based producer Braskem and Mexico-based Idesa expect to start up their joint venture Ethylene XXI project in Mexico in mid-2015, Idesa CEO Jose Luis Uriegas said on Saturday.

The project, which comprises an integrated ethane cracker and polyethylene (PE) units, was originally scheduled to start up in early 2015.

Site preparation began last month, and the FEED (front-end engineering and design) work has nearly been completed, Uriegas said on the sidelines of the 31st Annual Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting in Buenos Aires.

France-based Technip is co-ordinating the FEED work and is providing its technology for the cracker.

Technip has also won the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the project, which will be in the Coatzacoalcos/Nanchital region of Mexico’s Veracruz state, Uriegas said.

The size of the project has increased slightly. Uriegas said the cracker will now have a capacity of 1.05m tonnes/year, instead of the originally announced 1m tonnes/year, thanks to Technip’s new technology.

Downstream production will now comprise two high density polyethylene (HDPE) plants with capacities of 350,000 and 400,000 tonnes/year and one 300,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant, he said. INEOS is providing the HDPE technology, while LyondellBasell is providing the LDPE technology.

The 2011 APLA conference ends on Tuesday.

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By: Anna Jagger
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