EPCA ’13: Polyplex delays start-up of new PET plant in Turkey

07 October 2013 17:09  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--India’s Polyplex will not be starting its new bottle grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in Corlu, Turkey, until November, instead of October, a company source said on Monday on the sidelines of the 47th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting.

“We expect to start in November. We are nearly at mechanical completion,” the source said.

The 210,000 tonne/year plant will be scaleable up to 300,000 tonnes/year after the first year of operation, the company source added.

“Our customers will mainly be in Turkey and Europe…. If European feedstocks are not competitive, I will buy from Asia,” he added.

Turkey’s Koksan is due to have marketable product from its new 216,000 tonne/year PET line in Gaziantep, Turkey, at the end of October, the company said recently.

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

Egyptian company EIPET will start up its PET plant in Ain Sukhna, Egypt, in November, an EIPET source said late on Sunday.

“Mechanical completion will be in October,” he added.

EIPET has two 210,000 tonne/year lines.

The annual EPCA meeting runs from 5-9 October.

($1 = €0.74)

By: Caroline Murray
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