28 January 2013 20:16 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) produced 10.6m tonnes of petrochemicals last year, down by 13.8% from 12.3m tonnes recorded in 2011, the state-run oil company said on Monday.
The manufacturer also reported a slight decrease in domestic sales volumes in 2012 to 4.17m tonnes. Domestic sales revenues for the year were down by 1.3% to Mexican pesos (Ps) 36.8bn ($2.9bn, €2.1bn).
Production of dichloroethane, a raw material for the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), increased by 9.4% to 301,000 tonnes over the year, according to company statistics.
Production of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), another key PVC component, also rose by 10.1% to 185,000 tonnes, Pemex said.
The company produced 1.1m tonnes of ethylene in 2012, unchanged from the previous year, and 444,000 tonnes of propylene, an increase of 20.3%.
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) output for the year was flat at 174,000 tonnes, while low-density polyethylene (LDPE) production fell by 5.4% to 259,000 tonnes.
Production of other chemicals last year totalled 6.6m tonnes, down by 19% from 8.1m in 2011, the company said.
Pemex said lower output of benzene, styrene and toluene was due to the incorporation of a new continuous catalytic regeneration (CCR) platforming plant in the Cangrejera Petrochemical Complex that resulted in a shutdown of the aromatic chain for nine months.
The company did not give reasons for other production changes.
($1 = Ps12.78; $1 = €0.74)
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