Bridge collapse complicates PE logistics in Mexico

28 June 2012 21:20  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The collapse in Mexico of a railroad bridge located between the coastal area of Coatzacoalcos and Mexico City is complicating deliveries of polyethylene (PE) to the capital, a source with Pemex said on Thursday.

The Loma Bonita bridge collapsed on 17 June, after being weakened by rising waters resulting from copious rains, the source said.

Several rail cars fell to the water stream below, although none of them was carrying Pemex plastic resins.

The repair of the bridge is scheduled to take four weeks, limiting PE deliveries to what can be transported by trucks, the source said.

The incident will delay PE deliveries, but no significant shortages are expected.

The bridge collapse may delay also the restart of the 300,000 tonne/year Morelos PE swing plant, which has been idled for programmed maintenance since 24 June.

The swing plant was expected to resume operations on 5-6 July, but the bridge will not be ready until mid-July. That stoppage was expected to affect mostly linear low density PE (LLDPE) production.

Pemex has two other plants for production of high density PD (HDPE) and those are working normally, the source said.

The 300,000 tonne/year low density PE (LDPE) Cangrejera plant was said also to be working normally.

Shortages of LLDPE could ensue by the end of July, the source said. In the meantime, clients will be supplied from existing inventories.

By: George Martin
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