07 November 2011 19:04 [Source: ICIS news]
BUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Pemex Petroquimica expects to bring its 480,000 tonne/year paraxylene (PX) project in Cangrejera, Mexico, onstream in 2015, Carlos Pani, vice president of sales and marketing at the Mexican state-owned producer, said on Monday.
To supply the feedstock for the new PX plant, Pemex is upgrading and expanding its naphtha reforming process in Cangrejera. Construction work on the reformer is almost completed and operations are scheduled to begin in April 2012, Pani said.
The PX plant is expected to start up three years later, he added.
Pani spoke to ICIS on the sidelines of the 31st Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting in Buenos Aires.
Mexico is a major consumer of PX for the production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA).
The 2011 APLA conference ends on Tuesday.
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