Polyethylene Braskem to Build Three Polyethylene Plants in Mexico

Editor: Marion Henig

Braskem-Idesa selects Lupotech T technology for a LDPE plant, which is one of three new polyethylene plants the company builds in Mexico.

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Veracruz, Mexico – Braskem Idesa S.A.P.I., a joint venture of Braskem S.A. and Grupo Idesa S.A. de C.V., has selected LyondellBasell’s Lupotech T process technology for a new 300 KT per year low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant, which is one of the three polyethylene plants of the Mexico project, with start up slated for 2015. The industrial unit will be built in the region of the Coatzacoalcos/Nanchital Petrochemical Complexes in the state of Veracruz.

Braskem-Idesa believes the choice will provide important benefits for the project, since Lupotech T technology allows for the production of a wide range of polyethylene with various melt flow indexes and provides excellent optical and mechanical properties. The technology is owned by the Dutch company LyondellBasell and is the most widely used process in high-pressure units. This will be the first license for a tubular LDPE plant in Mexico and the Americas in over 20 years.