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Braskem to build new US PP plant, upgrade existing ones

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 16/04/2015 (17:05)
According to media sources, Brazil’s Braskem is considering building a new PP plant in the US in addition to their plans to expand their existing PP plants.

The head of Braskem America reportedly stated that the company is in talks regarding the construction of a new PP plant and added that construction of any new PP plant is dependent on the availability of attractively-priced propylene feedstock. The proposed new plant would have a world scale capacity of around 450,000-500,000 tons/year assuming sufficient feedstock availability.

The company currently has five PP plants in the US, with production capacities of 225,000 tons/year at Seadrift, Texas, 330,000 tons/year at La Porte, Texas, 350,000 tons/year at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, 240,000 tons/year at Kenova, West Virginia and 320,000 tons/year at Freeport, Texas.

Meanwhile, Braskem is reportedly reevaluating a proposed joint venture project with Odebrecht, which was expected to house a world-scale ethane cracker and downstream polyethylene plants in West Virginia. Sharp decreases in oil prices and a reduced cost advantage for US ethane-based crackers over naphtha-based crackers were cited as the main reasons for the company’s decision to reevaluate the project. Should Braskem decide to proceed with the project, the start-up date is likely to occur after 2020.
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