Colombia’s Ecopetrol restarts one of two LDPE production units

12 December 2012 16:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Colombia’s sole polyethylene (PE) producer, Ecopetrol, has restarted its Poly-2 PE production unit at Barrancabermeja, which has been down for preventive maintenance, a company source said on Wednesday.

The low density polyethylene (LDPE) production units at the Barrancabermeja refinery have a combined capacity of 5,400 tonnes/month.

The 3,620 tonne/month Poly-2 unit was back in service on Wednesday after some technical difficulties that delayed the restart.

This unit was initially scheduled to return at the end of November.

The 1,780 tonne/month Poly-1 unit is still down for maintenance and it is expected to resume operations next week, the source said.

The company supplied customers from existing inventories during the maintenance turnarounds, which started on 1 November.

Ecopetrol complements its LDPE production with imports and also brings in PE grades not produced locally.

PE imports in Colombia pay no import tariff at this time, a situation that will continue for one year, with the possibility of further extension, the source said.

By: George Martin
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