Mexico’s swing PE plant restarts after bridge repair

13 July 2012 18:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Repair work on railroad bridges that collapsed last month on flooded areas was completed this week, allowing the restart of the Morelos polyethylene (PE) swing plant, a Pemex source said on Friday.

Railroad company Ferrosur emitted a bulletin announcing the restoration of cargo service in the Medias Aguas-Tierra Blanca line affected by the collapse of two bridges.

The service was interrupted on 17 June by flooding conditions that caused structural damage to a couple of bridges between Coatzacoalcos and Mexico City.

Maintenance crews worked around the clock to restore service despite adverse weather conditions in the area, Ferrosur said.

Pemex, the sole domestic polyethylene (PE) producer in Mexico, is in the process of restarting its 300,000 tonne/year swing PE plant, which was down for programmed maintenance.

The plant should have resumed operations around 6 July, but the start-up procedures were postponed until the bridges reopened, a Pemex source said.

Pemex supplied clients from stocks that were delivered by truck.

Production of linear low density PE (LLDPE) will be restored within a couple of days, the Pemex source said.

With the restart of the swing plant, PE production in Mexico is back at full capacity. All other PE plants and crackers are operating normally.

By: George Martin
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