Dow Argentina plans $14m upgrade of Bahia Blanca PE plant

23 November 2012 23:43  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Dow Argentina, a subsidiary of US chemicals company Dow Chemical, confirmed on Friday that it is investing Argentina pesos (Ps) 67m ($14m, €11m) to upgrade its polyethylene (PE) operations at its Bahia Blanca petrochemical complex in Buenos Aires province.

Work has already begun to construct a new ground flare that will improve the combustion process in the complex’s two ethylene plants, Dow said.

The upgrade will significantly reduce venting, which will cut down on noise and smoke, the company said.

The upgrade is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2013, Dow said.

“We have invested in the second ground flare to double gas processing capacity during scheduled maintenance, start-ups or operational disruptions,” said Bahia Blanca’s operations director Hersen Porta, in a statement on the company’s website.

“Combustion will be contained within a cylindrical combustion chamber with no noise or smoke emissions,” said Porta. “We will also avoid having to use the elevated flare, unless in the event of sudden shutdowns.”

Dow is Argentina’s sole domestic PE producer, according to the company’s website.

The company processes natural gas and also produces ethylene, polyurethane (PU), specialty chemicals, and agrochemicals.

($1 = Ps4.82)
($1 = €0.78)

By: Simon West

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