India’s Polyplex delays start-up of new PET plant in Turkey

28 August 2013 17:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--India’s Polyplex will not be starting its new bottle grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in Corlu, Turkey, until October instead of the end of August/beginning of September, a company source wrote in an email on Wednesday.

“Our expected start-up is in [the] middle [of] October and we should be sending out samples of prime-grade resin for qualification by mid to end October,” the source said.

There was no reason given for the delay.

The 210,000 tonne/year unit will be scaleable up to 300,000 tonnes/year.

Egyptian company EIPET was due to have commercial PET available to the market in August from its new plant in Sokhna, Egypt, but political instability in the country has resulted in this project also being delayed.

“EIPET start-up will be impacted by the recent political problems, but I am still confident of start-up within Q4,” a company source said on Tuesday.

The Egyptian facility has two lines of 210,000 tonnes/year each, and was originally due online in March/April, but start-up was delayed.

Meanwhile, Turkey's Koksan is due to start up its new 216,000 tonne/year PET line in Gaziantep, Turkey, at the end of September or early October.

The start-up date was originally set for April 2013 and has already been delayed once, to June.

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By: Caroline Murray
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