10 August 2012 19:17 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Mexico-based Pemex Petroquimica will stop one of its high density polyethylene (HDPE) plants in late August for programmed maintenance, a company source said on Friday.
The 100,000 tonne/year Asahi HDPE injection plant is programmed to stop operations on 25 August for routine maintenance.
The procedure is expected to last 30 days, affecting two production trains at the facility.
Pemex is increasing HDPE injection inventories as much as possible ahead of the maintenance procedure to address domestic demand.
Pemex produces blow moulding grade HDPE at another plant, the 80,000 tonne/year Mitsui plant that is working normally at this time.
The only production hiccup in August so far has been at the Morelos swing plant, which has stopped for a couple of days, the source said.
Production of low density PE (LDPE) is normal at the three production trains of the Cangrejera facility. Each train at Cangrejera has a nominal capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year.
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