APLA ’12: Venezuelan PE deliveries run 8% ahead of 2011

11 November 2012 13:33  [Source: ICIS news]

RIO DE JANEIRO (ICIS)--Deliveries of polyethylene (PE) resins in Venezuela are running 8% ahead of 2011 figures, a supplier said on Sunday.

“The delivery of plastic resins has already surpassed 300,000 tonnes at the end of October, with about 270,000 tonnes produced locally,” Maria Odete Soarez, marketing manager with Venezuela’s producer Polinter, said on the sidelines of the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting.

The remainder was supplied by imports of diverse origins, but mostly from Brazil’s Braskem, Soarez said.

All plants are working properly at this time. A maintenance outage in mid October halted production of linear low density PE (LLDPE) for a week, but production has since recovered.

Polinter has an installed capacity of 160,000 tonnes/year of high density PE (HDPE), 70,000 tonnes/year of low density PE (LDPE) and additional 190,000 tonnes/year provided by a swing plant (HDPE/LLDPE), for a total PE capacity of 420,000 tonnes/year.

The APLA conference ends on Tuesday.

By: George Martin
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