APLA '12: Brazil's Comperj to have PVC unit − Braskem

12 November 2012 19:32  [Source: ICIS news]

RIO DE JANEIRO (ICIS)--Braskem plans to build a worldscale polyvinyl chloride unit at the Comperj complex in southern Brazil, an executive said on Monday.

A worldscale PVC plant typically has a capacity of 300,000-500,000 tonnes/year, said Luciano Guidolin, executive vice president for polyolefins and renewables for Braskem. He made his comments on the sidelines of the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting.

Braskem is now analysing the degree to which it will integrate the PVC unit into Comperj, he said. That integration could extend as far as a chlor-alkali unit at the site.

Brazil is a net importer of PVC, and the new plant will focus primarily on the domestic market, Guidolin said.

The Complexo Petroquimico do Rio de Janeiro (Comperj) will include refineries, a worldscale ethane cracker, along with downstream polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) units.

Brazil-based energy producer Petrobras will develop the refineries while Braskem will develop the petrochemical units, Guidolin said.

For feedstock, the cracker will rely on ethane provided by Petrobras, he said.

The APLA conference ends on Tuesday.

By: Al Greenwood
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