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Braskem completes construction of Polypropylene production facility in Texas


Braskem completes construction of Polypropylene production facility in Texas

Braskem the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas and a leading producer of biopolymers in the world announced the construction completion of its newest, world-class polypropylene production facility located in La Porte, Texas.

Source: Braskem news and releases

Braskem's new facility has a designed production capacity of over 450 kilotons (kt) or 1 billion pounds per year and has the capability to produce the entire polypropylene portfolio including a broad range of polypropylene products including homopolymer, impact copolymer and random copolymers.

The construction of the facility positively affected the economy in the Texas Gulf Coast region, which employed approximately 1,300 development and construction workers to build the facility. An additional 50 Braskem permanent full-time jobs were created to support long-term commercial production.

Braskem will position the new facility's domestic production capabilities to replace imported polypropylene volumes, which are currently addressing the shortfall in the United States' domestic market.

Mark Nikolich, CEO, Braskem America

During this phase, the company is concluding functional tests and process tests to verify the performance of controls and integrated safety systems.  Initial production test runs are anticipated to begin in the next month with the first full-scale commercial production activity currently expected in the third quarter of 2020.

Braskem is well-positioned to start up our new world-class polypropylene production line in the current market. The combination of improved demand, planned outages in the third quarter, and export opportunities will support a smooth ramp up of the new facility.

Alexandre Elias, Vice President, Polypropylene North America

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