11 November 2012 18:46 [Source: ICIS news]
RIO DE JANEIRO (ICIS)--Brazil-based petrochemical producer Braskem is responding to the ?xml:namespace>
The advent of shale gas has given
"There is a clear advantage for US companies currently because of shale gas. But we are approaching this on two dimensions," said Rui Chammas, executive vice president, basic chemicals at Braskem.
Chammas spoke on the sidelines of the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting.
"First we are investing in new crackers using gas feedstock - the Ethylene XXI project in
The Ethylene XXI project is set to come on stream in mid-2015 with 1.05m tonnes/year of ethylene capacity and a similar amount of polyethylene (PE) capacity.
The Comperj project in
After the completion of both projects, Braskem's feedstock mix will be around 50:50 between light and heavy feeds, said Chammas.
Braskem also aims to make the most of its naphtha crackers in terms of producing co-products.
The company started up its 103,000 tonne/year butadiene (BD) extraction unit in Triunfo, in
For 2013, Chammas sees a rebound in
APLA ends on Tuesday.
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