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Braskem-Idesa PE complex has May turnaround
HOUSTON, May 15, 2018 (PCW) -- The Braskem-Idesa petrochemical complex in Mexico is scheduled to undergo a two-week maintenance outage this month, including the cracker and polyethylene (PE) units, a company spokesperson confirmed today.
The company has been building inventory, so the outage is not expected to affect its presence in the market.
However, the outage could temporarily free up ethane supply for Pemex, which supplies Braskem-Idesa and consumes ethane in its own crackers.
The Braskem-Idesa complex includes an ethane cracker and three PE units, with the capacity to produce 750,000 mt/yr (1.65 billion lbs/yr) HDPE and 300,000 mt/yr (660 million lbs/yr) LDPE. -- David Barry