HOUSTON (ICIS)--Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the Mexican state-run petroleum company, produced 986,000 tonnes of petrochemicals in June, down slightly from 1m tonnes in May and from 1.1m tonnes for the same month last year, according to company statistics released on Tuesday.
Overall chemical output for the first half of the year reached just under 6m tonnes, up from 5.8m tonnes, in the first half of 2013, the report said.
For the month, Pemex produced 89,000 tonnes of ethylene, the highest monthly volume in the second quarter. For the first half of 2014, the company produced 528,000 tonnes of ethylene, down about 7% from 569,000 in the first half of 2013.
Production of high density polyethylene (HDPE) was 14,000 tonnes in June and 82,000 for the first half of 2013, down almost 14% from 95,000 tonnes in the first half of 2013.
Low density PE (LDPE), at 19,000 tonnes for June, was at 123,000 tonnes for the first half of 2014, down 8% from 134,000 tonnes in the first half of 2013.
Linear low density PE (LLDPE), at 23,000 tonnes in June, reached its highest volume in the quarter. For the first half of the year, LLDPE production at 113,000 tonnes was flat from 2013.
Ammonia production, at 83,000 tonnes in June, was at its highest for the quarter. For the first half of 2014, ammonia production at 483,000 was up under 1% from 480,000 for the first half of 2013.
For aromatics in June, benzene production was 11,000 tonnes toluene production was 14,000 tonnes. For the first half of the year, benzene at 60,000 tonnes was a 58% increase over 38,000 tonnes in 2013 and toluene was a 67% increase over 48,000 tonnes in 2013.
Styrene production, at 8,000 tonnes in June, was the lowest for the quarter, but at 60,000 tonnes in the first half of 2014, was up 68% over 40,000 tonnes in the first half of 2013.