Mexico’s Pemex delays restart of HDPE Asahi plant

03 October 2012 21:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Pemex has delayed the restart of its high density polyethylene (HDPE) Asahi plant in Mexico, which was initially scheduled for 26 September, a company source said on Wednesday.

The 100,000 tonne/year plant produces injection material and was stopped in late August for scheduled maintenance.

Maintenance work will continue for a few more days. Completion is already one week behind schedule.

These procedures have tightened the HDPE market, but imports from the US are filling the gaps.

A second HDPE plant, Pemex's 80,000 tonne/year Mitsui plant that produces blow moulding material, is scheduled to stop for programmed maintenance on 15 October, the source said.

The procedure is scheduled to be completed in one month. Pemex has been padding inventories of this grade ahead of the stoppage to keep clients supplied during the outage.

With the exception of the Asahi plant, all other Pemex facilities are running normally, the source said.

By: George Martin
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