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MHI to support Braskem Idesa ethylene plant

30 March 2012

Mitsubishi Heavy IndustriesMitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor (MCO), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), has entered into an agreement to supply Braskem Idesa with three compressor trains.

Braskem Idesa will employ compressor trains at its ethylene production facility, to be located within Coatzacoalcos Petrochemical Complex, Veracruz, Mexico.

The equipment will consist of three compressor trains: a charge gas compressor train, which compresses cracked gas produced by thermally cracking natural gas (feedstock), and two trains with ethylene and propylene refrigeration compressors, using ethylene and propylene as refrigerants respectively.

Together the three trains consist of five compressors, three steam turbines to drive the compressors, and auxiliary devices, including control systems and condensers.

MCO is scheduled to deliver the compressors and turbines to Braskem Idesa in the spring of 2013.

The ethylene facility, with a production capacity of 1.05mt per annum, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2015.

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.

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