Braskem to construct polypropylene facility in Texas

Thermoplastic resins producer Braskem has revealed plans to construct a new polypropylene (PP) production facility in the US city of La Porte, Texas, with an investment of $675m.  

In the US, the company owns five other PP industrial units, as well as a high-value polyethylene production line (UTEC).

Development of the new plant is expected to begin this year and is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.

Braskem president Fernando Musa said: "The authorisation to continue investment in the production of polypropylene in the United States is the latest milestone in Braskem's internationalisation strategy.

"The new world-class petrochemical plant will add substantial production capacity in the region and will help us meet the growing demand of our customers, reaffirming our position as the largest polypropylene producer in the Americas and the third largest resin producer in the world."

Musa added that with the competitive advantage of shale gas energy production, North America has one of the most favourable raw material mixes in the world with regard to access to low-cost input sources and suppliers.

"The new plant will have a production capacity of 450,000t of polypropylene a year."

Musa added: With its latest polypropylene plant, launched in 2005, North America began depending on the importation of the product in 2016. Thus, additional investment in the United States is a natural step in our strategy."

The new plant will have a production capacity of 450,000t of polypropylene a year.

Its commissioning will add to the production of the existing Braskem unit located in La Porte, which currently has a capacity of 354,000t per annum.

The construction will occupy part of the 800,000m² area of the company's complex in the region, around 40km from Houston. 

Image: Braskem to build new polypropylene production facility in US. Photo: courtesy of Braskem.