24 March 2013 20:48 [Source: ICIS news]
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--Strong growth is expected in caustic soda markets in Latin America on the start-up of new wood-pulp plants in Brazil and Uruguay in 2013, sources said on Sunday.
Sources described the new plants, two in Brazil and one in Uruguay, as mega-projects. They will consume an estimated total of something less than 300,000 dry metric tonnes (dmt)/year, the industry sources said on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).
Brazil will be increasing caustic soda imports when the new plants start up, as the country already is a net importer. However, Brazil is facing infrastructure and logistics challenges, as port facilities are insufficient to adequately service current demand, the sources said.
Several other smaller projects that consume caustic soda will be coming on stream in Latin America in the near future, according to the sources, who added that caustic soda demand in Latin America is steady from key consuming sectors so far in 2013.
Hosted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the IPC continues through Tuesday.
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