Mexico’s Asahi HDPE plant to stop in April for maintenance

13 February 2013 18:05  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Mexico’s Pemex Asahi high density polyethylene (HDPE) plant is scheduled to be stopped for programmed maintenance on 8 April, a Pemex source said on Wednesday.

The 100,000 tonne/year Asahi plant produces HDPE injection grades.

The maintenance turnaround will replace the plant's extrusion unit on the 50,000 tonne/year train A – a procedure expected to take 50-60 days, according to the schedule, the source said.

During the procedure, the similarly sized train B will operate normally.

The extrusion unit of train B will be replaced after train A resumes normal production.

The 80,000 tonne/year HDPE Mitsui plant, used for production of blow moulding material will undergo similar procedures once the Asahi plant maintenance is over, probably at the end of 2013, according to the source.

By: George Martin
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