Mexico’s Pemex restarts Pajaritos ethylene operations

27 November 2012 23:45  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has begun the restart of operations at its ethylene plant at the Pajaritos petrochemical complex in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, the state-owned oil company said on Tuesday.

The restart, which is estimated to take six days, is part of the company’s annual, scheduled maintenance programme for the facility, Pemex said.

All other processing plants at Pajaritos were operating as normal, and there were no disruptions in the supply of ethylene during the maintenance period, Pemex said.

According to ICIS plants and projects, Pemex has an ethylene capacity of 180,000 tonnes/year at Pajaritos.

The complex also produces ethylene oxide (EO) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM).

Pemex’s petrochemical production in October stood at 752,000 tonnes, down 24% from 991,000 tonnes in the prior-year month, according to company statistics.

Petrochemical revenues for the first 10 months of this year stood at Mexican pesos (Ps) 30.8bn ($2.37bn, €1.82bn), down 1.03% from Ps31.1bn recorded for the same period last year.

($1 = Ps13.01)

($1 = €0.77)

By: Simon West

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