The Veracruz ethylene and polyethylene (PE) complex in
Mexico, a joint venture between Brazils Braskem and
Mexicos Grupo Idesa, will use hyper compressor and
booster compressor technologies from GE, project officials said on
terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The GE technologies are key elements of the low-density
polyethylene (LPDE) plant, officials said.
The compressors feature innovative technologies that use
less electricity, reduce operating costs and require less maintenance, making the local plant
more competitive with imported plastics, GE said.
This project is very strategically
important for business development in the area, and our
expectation is for it to spur long-term growth, so it was
imperative for us to be extremely selective with the solutions
we chose, said Silvia Pires Migueles, purchasing director
for Braskem Idesa.
GEs efficient, reliable compressor technology makes us more competitive
from day one, and GEs strong local presence gives us
installation, maintenance, service and expansion advantages that will pay
dividends for the life of the installation.
GEs LDPE compressors feature a scalable design that
enables upgrade and capacity additions with little effect on
day-to-day operations and that requires very few adjustments,
the company said.
Officials expect the plants technology to attract new businesses
to the region, creating jobs and healthy growth, said
Marco Caviola, leader of GE Petrochemicals Solutions for Latin
We are committed to supporting that growth long-term
by expanding our local maintenance facility and providing
operator and maintenance training to Braskem
Construction on the Ethylene XXI project will begin later this year.
The complex includes an integrated ethane cracker (1.05 million
tpy), based on Technip technology, and polyethylene (PE)
The PE units include two high-density (HDPE) plants with
capacities of 350,000 and 400,000 tpy, and one 300,000 tpy LDPE
plant, which will use the aforementioned GE technology.