08 November 2011 14:14 [Source: ICIS news]
BUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Venezuela’s polyethylene (PE) supply is recovering after maintenance turnarounds at a swing plant, the commercial coordinator for the state petrochemical producer said on Tuesday.
The 190,000 tonne/year swing plant has been off line for programmed maintenance since the second or third week of June and was expected to restart after 47 days.
The restart did not begin as scheduled because repairs required imported fluids that did not arrive in Venezuela until much later.
The plant has resumed operations in recent weeks, and it is now supplying resins to the local market, said Gisela Lopez, commercial coordinator for Pequiven.
Lopez made her comments on the sidelines of the 31st Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting in Buenos Aires.
The grade most affected by the stoppage was linear low density PE (LLDPE) for film applications.
Pequiven expects to rebuild inventories during a 15-day vacation period coming up in January, company associates added.
Local production has been complemented with imports, but logistics issues have not allowed, in some instances, timely deliveries to domestic buyers.
The 2011 APLA conference ends on Tuesday.
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