APLA '12: Brazil Comperj cracker to be gas-based − source

09 November 2012 19:46  [Source: ICIS news]

RIO DE JANEIRO (ICIS)--The petrochemical portion of the massive Comperj project in Brazil will be based solely on gas feedstock and be separate from the refinery portion of the project, a source close to the overall project said on Friday.

"Initially the refinery and petrochemical projects were thought of together but now petrochemicals will be completely separate from the refinery," said the source at a meeting ahead of the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting.

"The gas feedstock will come from the pre-salt offshore area," he added.

The refinery project for the Complexo Petroquimico do Rio de Janeiro (Comperj) is being developed by Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras, while Braskem is developing the petrochemical part with feedstock to be supplied by Petrobras.

The companies are still in negotiations over the details of the petrochemical project which will be in Itaborai, Rio de Janeiro state, the source said.

However, it will likely centre around a 1.2m tonne/year ethane cracker, and include polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plants, said the source. 

Chlorine for PVC would be supplied from a nearby source, while it is unclear where the propylene for PP production would come from, the source said.

The petrochemical project could be completed by 2017-2018, said the source.

APLA starts on Sunday and ends on Tuesday.

By: Joseph Chang
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