Chile’s PP production halted on contamination

31 January 2013 23:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Petroquim, Chile’s only polypropylene (PP) producer, has been forced to idle the plant for 5 days because of contamination problems, a company source said on Thursday.

The 150,000 tonnes/year PP plant in Talcahuano has already been down for 8 days in early January because of feedstock shortages, the source said.

The PP plant has spent a total of 13 days down out of 31 in January, with the serious consequences for existing inventories.

The plant is expected to restart on 1 February, the source said.

Shortages will be addressed with imports from other regions. Regional producers are out of material or are pricing themselves out of a deal, the source said.

The region has another important production shortage in Argentina, where Petroken, the largest producer, has experienced technical problems in its 180,000 tonne/year PP plant.

The Argentine plant is expected to restart in mid-February, according to sources close to Petroken. The latter does not discuss operational issues with the press.

By: George Martin
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