Brazil's Oxiteno to expand US, Mexico capacities by 130,000 t/year

21 December 2012 15:16  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil-based ethylene oxide (EO) and surfactants producer Oxiteno plans to expand capacities at its plants in the US and Mexico by a total of 130,000 tonnes/year, investing almost $100m (€76m), parent Ultrapar said on Friday.

Oxiteno had previously stated the size of the planned expansion of ethoxylation capacity at its facilities in Pasadena, Texas, and Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, at 100,000 tonnes/year.

However, Ultrapar said that Oxiteno's two plants would add 130,000 tonnes/year of capacity, 30,000 tonnes of which would be operational by 2013 and the remaining 100,000 tonnes to start up from 2014 onwards.

It did not comment on the facilities' current capacities.

ICIS reported previously that the plant in Texas has a capacity of 32,000 tonnes/year. Oxiteno bought the facility in April 2012.

($1 = €0.76)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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