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Cane-based ethanol for commercial scale polypropylene plant [Registered]

THE Brazilian petrochemicals company Braskem is planning to start up an industrial-scale plant producing ‘green’ polypropylene in 2013 from cane-based ethanol. The plant would have a capacity of at least 30,000 t/y which is smaller than a .conventional propylene plant, which can reach capacities of well over 500,000 t/y. The plant is likely to cost around $100m. Polypropylene production is likely to commence in the second half of 2013. The conceptual phase of the project has been satisfactorily undertaken by Braskem. The final investment decision will be made in 2011. The biobased polypropylene will have the same technical, processability and…

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