APLA '11: Brazil Petroquimica Suape to start new PTA plant

08 November 2011 16:36  [Source: ICIS news]

Purified terephthalic acidBUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Brazil-based Petroquimica Suape will begin producing purified terephthalic acid (PTA) in the first half of 2012, with sales starting as early as January, the company’s commercial manager said on Tuesday.
The plant, with Invista technology, is in Suape in northeast Brazil.
It has a PTA capacity of 700,000 tonnes/year, said Sonny Hansen of Petroquimica Suape on the sidelines of the 31st Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting in Buenos Aires.
In addition to the PTA unit, Petroquimica Suape also has three polyester polymerisation lines with Lurgi technology.
Those lines include a 240,000 tonne/year textile filament plant and two bottle-grade PET lines, each producing 225,000 tonnes/year. The textile machinery is made by TMT.
Petroquimica Suape has been making textured yarn since August 2011, and it will make partly oriented yarns (POY) in the second half of 2012.
Feedstocks paraxylene (PX) and monoethylene glycol  (MEG) will be supplied by several sources from different global regions.
Annual demand for bottle-grade PET in Brazil is approximately 560,000 tonnes/year, not fully satisfied by Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G), which has PET capacity in Brazil.
Brazil imported around 114,000 tonnes of polyester resin in 2010. Of that volume, 67,000 tonnes were bottle-grade PET; 27,000 tonnes industrial-grade; and 20,000 tonnes textile grade, Hansen said.
Since South America currently imports around 700,000 tonnes/year of PET, Petroquimica Suape plans to sell PET in the domestic market in Brazil and export the rest to other parts of South America.
Petroquimica Suape is wholly owned by Petroquisa, the chemical division of Petrobras.
The 2011 APLA conference ends on Tuesday.
For more on PET visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Ron Coifman
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