16 October 2012 18:02 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Pemex’s high density polyethylene (HDPE) Asahi plant in Mexico resumed operations on 15 October, with roughly a three-week delay on the initial schedule, a Pemex source said on Tuesday.
The 100,000 tonne/year plant, which produces injection material, was stopped in late August for scheduled maintenance.
Pemex has delayed programmed maintenance on another HDPE plant, the 80,000 tonne/year Mitsui plant that produces blow moulding material.
The Mitsui plant was initially scheduled to stop operations on 15 October, but the stoppage has been rescheduled to take place seven to 10 days later, the Pemex source said.
The change of dates for the Mitsui plant maintenance will not affect projected availability of blow moulding material, the source said.
The late restart of the Asahi plant has dealt a severe blow to the domestic supply of injection grades.
All other PE production plants in Mexico are working normally, the source said.
PE demand has softened in Mexico, but this has been attributed to a year-end strategy by transformers to consume inventories, rather than to competition from importers or structural demand weakness.
Low density PE (LDPE) demand appears to be a little softer, suggesting that this grade is slightly long throughout the production chain.
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