APLA '11: Mexichem to raise PVC capacity by 460,000 tonnes/year

07 November 2011 21:25  [Source: ICIS news]

BUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Mexichem plans to add approximately 460,000 tonnes/year of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) capacity by 2014, an official at the Mexican vinyls producer said on Monday.

Rodrigo Garfias, supply chain director, said the expansion plans include a possible 200,000 tonne/year greenfield suspension PVC plant in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico.

Mexichem also intends to add 200,000 tonnes/year of suspension PVC capacity in Altamira, Mexico, and 60,000 tonnes/year of emulsion PVC in Cartagena, Colombia, he said.

The expansions would raise Mexichem’s global PVC capacity from 1.05m tonnes/year to approximately 1.5m tonnes/year, he said on the sidelines of the 31st Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting in Buenos Aires.

The additional output would be exported to regions including Europe, South America and India, he added.

The Coatzacoalcos project would also involve building a greenfield 600,000 tonne/year vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant, said Garfias. Ethylene and ethylene dichloride feedstock could be supplied from the US, he added.

Front-end engineering and design work on the greenfield Coatzacoalcos expansion is underway and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2012, he said. A decision would then be made on whether to proceed with the project, he explained.

If approved, the Coatzacoalcos project could come onstream in 2014, he added.

The 2011 APLA conference ends on Tuesday.

By: Anna Jagger
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