Mexico Pemex shuts down Mitsui HDPE plant, begins maintenance

25 October 2012 21:18  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Mexico’s Pemex high density polyethylene (HDPE) Mitsui plant stopped operations earlier this week for programmed maintenance, a Pemex source said on Thursday.

The 80,000 tonne/year plant produces HDPE blow moulding and was initially scheduled to stop operations on 15 October, but the maintenance was postponed.

The procedure is scheduled to last about 30 days. One of the production trains is expected to restart in mid-November, while a second one will restart in late November, the source said.

All other PE production plants in Mexico are working normally, the source said.

HDPE supply will remain tight in Mexico for a while, but imports from the US will fill the gap.

PE demand has softened in Mexico as transformers strive to end the year with low stocks to minimise taxes.

By: George Martin
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