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Braskem Plans to Halt Polypropylene Production in Texas
Braskem Plans to Halt Polypropylene Production in Texas

Braskem Plans to Halt Polypropylene Production in Texas

  • 08-Feb-2024 2:58 PM
  • Journalist: Jung Hoon

Braskem has unveiled plans for a temporary shutdown of its polypropylene (PP) production facility in La Porte, Texas, scheduled for mid-April. The purpose of this halt is to facilitate essential maintenance activities on a production line with an annual capacity of 320 thousand tons of PP, situated in La Porte. The anticipated timeline for the completion of these scheduled repairs is by mid-May.

This strategic decision follows a prior occurrence in which Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in Brazil, had to cease polypropylene (PP) production at its La Porte facility on January 24, 2023. The shutdown was initiated in response to adverse weather conditions, specifically a winter storm that affected the region. The controlled shutdown impacted the 840,000 tonnes per year polypropylene facility in La Porte, Texas.

Notably, the upcoming shutdown in mid-April is distinct from the winter storm-related halt earlier in the year. This planned maintenance aims to address essential upkeep requirements, ensuring the efficient and reliable operation of the La Porte facility in the long run.

In light of the severe frosts experienced in the region, Braskem America had previously suspended polypropylene (PP) production in the state of Texas. The halt, initiated on December 20, affected four polypropylene plants with a combined capacity of 1.385 million tons per year. However, in a positive development, Braskem America has since resumed production, signifying the resilience and adaptability of the company in managing challenges posed by inclement weather.

Braskem, headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, holds a prominent position as the largest petrochemical company in South America and ranks as the fifth largest globally in terms of output. The company's decision to temporarily shut down the La Porte facility for maintenance aligns with industry best practices, ensuring that the infrastructure remains in optimal condition for sustained production.

The proactive approach to planned maintenance not only enhances the reliability and efficiency of operations but also mitigates the risk of unexpected disruptions. By undertaking these scheduled repairs, Braskem aims to uphold its commitment to delivering high-quality polypropylene products while prioritizing the safety and stability of its operations.

The global petrochemical industry faces various challenges, and weather-related events can significantly impact production capabilities. Braskem's experience with the winter storm-induced shutdown earlier in the year underscores the need for careful planning and responsive measures to address unforeseen circumstances.

As Braskem moves forward with its planned maintenance in mid-April, the company demonstrates its commitment to proactive infrastructure management. The resumption of polypropylene production after the winter storm-related shutdown showcases Braskem's agility and resilience in overcoming challenges.

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