11 October 2013 18:27 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Petroquim, Chile’s sole polypropylene (PP) producer, will stop production on 13 October for 18 days to perform maintenance on the facility, a company source said on Friday.
The purpose of the stoppage is to perform maintenance procedures in the extrusion unit, taking advantage of the fact that ENAP, the local refiner, will stop the cracker in the nearby Talcahuano refinery for 45 days.
However, the cracker of ENAP’s other refinery at Concon will continue to operate normally and the same is true of the ethylene plant. After the 18-day maintenance project, Petroquim will be able to resume PP production, although at diminished capacity, the source said.
The Petroquim plant in Talcahuano has a nominal capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year, but actual production is usually around 120,000 tonnes/year because of propylene shortages.
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