29 March 2012 04:24 [Source: ICIS news]
ARLINGTON (ICIS)--Bioplastic makers have to use biomass feedstock in order to compete against shale gas-based ethylene-derived plastics in the future, a ?xml:namespace>
Sugar-based polyethylene (PE) plastic production in
Tittle was speaking at the BIOPLASTEK forum held at
“Braskem has been able to achieve price premium as the first player in sugar-based PE,” Tittle said.
“[However], going forward this is a problem as ethane from shale gas in the
Biomass-based ethylene in Brazil on a global scale has the potential to be competitive with shale gas ethane, based on demonstrated technology that Nexant has evaluated as part of a technical due diligence over the last two years, according to the consulting firm.
In order to produce 1m tonne/year of ethylene, it will require 5m tonnes/year of biomass, Tittle said.
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