APLA ’13: Colombia’s Ecopetrol looking at LDPE plant debottleneck

18 November 2013 02:40  [Source: ICIS news]

CARTAGENA, Colombia (ICIS)--Columbian energy and petrochemical company Ecopetrol is conducting a study on debottlenecking its low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant at Barrancabermeja in Colombia to increase its capacity by 10,000-15,000 tonnes/year, an executive said on Sunday.

“A debottleneck is under study. We would look at add about 10,000-15,000 tonnes/year of capacity at the LDPE plant,” Fernando Bastos, manager of Ecopetrol’s petrochemicals and industrials division, said.

Bastos was speaking to ICIS on the sidelines of the 33rd annual Latin American Petrochemical and Chemical Association (APLA) meeting in Cartagena, Colombia.

However, he would not provide the timing for the potential expansion at the plant.

Current capacity at the LDPE plant – Ecopetrol’s only PE plant – is about 64,800 tonnes/year.

The APLA 2013 meeting runs from 16-19 November.

By: Joseph Chang
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