Repsol to Build a New Metallocene PE Plant
Repsol plans to start in June the construction of its new manufacturing unit for metallocene linear polyethylene at its Tarragona Petrochemical Complex. This is a low density polyethylene with excellent optical properties (gloss and transparency) as well as mechanical properties (high flexibility and high resistance to puncture, tear and low temperature) that make its use especially suitable in films for packaging applications.
This will be the first plant to produce this material outside the United States with Chevron Phillips Chemical’s innovative technology, as a result of the technology licensing agreement reached between both companies in 2014.
The investment falls under the 2014–2016 set of measures intended to enhance the company’s competitive position. Thus, this new metallocene polyethylene plant is in line with the company’s strategy to focus on differentiated products that may enable Repsol, as European producer, to compete against high density polyethylene imports from areas with access to lower-cost raw materials and that in 2014 for high density polyethylene accounted for over 40% of consumption in Spain.
Construction will entail a three months shutdown of Repsol’s high density polyethylene plant in Tarragona, as the manufacture of both products share critical facilities and equipment. However, to avoid three continuous months without production, Repsol has planned to break this stop into two independent month and a half periods.
REPSOL Quimica S.A.
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