APLA '11: Details of Comperj project not yet defined – Braskem

08 November 2011 10:49  [Source: ICIS news]

BUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Details of the cracker and polyolefins projects within the Comperj refinery and petrochemicals complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are yet to be defined, a Braskem executive said late on Monday.

“The figures for Comperj are still to be defined,” Rui Chammas, vice president for polymers at Brazil-based Braskem, said on the sidelines of the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting.

Brazilian state-owned energy group Petrobras, which has 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 intends to partner Petrobras in the ethylene cracker and polyolefins projects.

“Petrobras is working on the size and basic structure of the project,” Chammas added. “Once that has been defined, further details will be decided and announced.”

Petrobras decided earlier this year to reconfigure the Comperj project. The facility will now include a second refinery and will use ethane – in addition to naphtha – as feedstock for 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: Anna Jagger
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