Mexico - Pemex starts to use CGP from Minatitlan at its ACN plant
Dated- 27 Apr , 2012 - Mexico
Mexico's olefins producer Pemex was able to use chemical grade propylene from its expanded Minatitlan plant as feedstock for its acrylonitrile plant this week, a source at the company said Friday.
"The specification problem in the Minatitlan chemical grade propylene expansion has been solved since the second week of April and this week we were able to have the material ready to use at our ACN plant," added the source.
Pemex started the Minatitlan expansion project two years ago, with the goal of reducing a monthly deficit of 7,000 mt of chemical grade propylene that had led to imports of the monomer for use in acrylonitrile production.
The company brought the expansion online in November 2011, but when they began production the purity was too low for chemical grade propylene.
Prior to the expansion project, CGP production at Pemex was a combined 1,500 mt/month from its Morelos and Cangrejera steam crackers.
Pemex expects the Minatitlan expansion to boost Mexico's CGP output sixfold.
"At the moment we are getting from Minatitlan 200 mt daily of CGP for the ACN plant, and the freight cost from there to Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, is just $10/mt. In the past when we were bringing CGP from Tula, Hidalgo, the freight was $130/mt. It's a big savings in freight cost too," said a second source at Pemex.