Braskem Idesa begins importing ethane from the US

13:05 PM | February 11, 2020 | Natasha Alperowicz

Braskem says its Braskem Idesa joint venture with the Mexican group Idesa has reached an important milestone with the import of ethane from the US, which will be used as feedstock to at the Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, petrochemical complex. Braskem Idesa has spent $4 million on logistics infrastructure and will be able to import up to 12,800 b/d of ethane to the feed the complex. This quantity represents 19% of the company’s 1.05-million metric tons/year steam cracker’s ethane needs.

Braskem said last November that Braskem Idesa is investing in logistics infrastructure to import ethane from the US to increase capacity utilization rate of the Coatzacoalcos steam cracker. The company concluded agreements with Smart Pass, a logistics operator, and with Enestas, a company specializing in cryogenic gas transportation. Smart Pass is responsible for receiving liquid ethane at the docks of the Port of Coatzacoalcos and for unloading it from the vessels in cryogenic tanks. Enestas, meanwhile, transports the ethane by trucks to the petrochemical complex where the ethane will be stored in existing tanks and regasified for use in the production process.
Ethane volumes may eventually reach 25,400 b/d, equivalent to 38% of its annual ethane needs. Braskem Idesa is also assessing the possibility for larger-scale ethane imports and may build a terminal for importing ethane and a pipeline to transport the feedstock to its petrochemical complex.

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