GE to support Braskem Idesa Ethylene XXI project

Braskem Idesa has entered into a collaboration agreement with GE to utilise hyper compressor and booster compressor technologies for its Ethylene XXI project in Veracruz, Mexico.

The proposed project includes a 1.05t per annum ethane cracker plant, two high-density polyethylene (HDPE) units with capacities of 350,000t per annum and 400,000t per annum, and a 300,000t per annum low-density polyethylene (LDPE) unit.

Project construction is expected to start later in 2012.

Braskem Idesa purchasing director Silvia Pires Migueles said the project is important for business development in the area, so it was imperative for the company to be selective with the solutions it chose.

"GE's efficient, reliable compressor technology makes us more competitive from day one, and GE's strong local presence gives us installation, maintenance, service and expansion advantages that will pay dividends for the life of the installation," Migueles added.

GE's hyper compressor and booster compressors feature technologies that use less electricity, reduce operating costs and are key elements for low-density polyethylene (LPDE) production.

GE said its 'Series P' hyper compressors feature fatigue resistance technology, and are designed for the rigors of ethylene compression in LDPE plants.

The long-life components are assembled to minimise piping pulsation and vibration, improving overall plant conditions.

Braskem Idesa is a joint venture between Braskem, a South American petrochemical company, and the Mexican petrochemical maker, Grupo Idesa.
Headquartered in Brazil, Braskem produces chemical products such as benzene, butadiene, toluene, xylene and isoprene and sells them to chemical companies based within the complexes, including Innova, Elekeiroz and Dow Chemical.