Mexico Aims to Raise Total Petrochemicals Production Capacity to 22.6mn tpa by 2026: Report Buyer

Share Article has added a new report 'Mexico Petrochemicals Report 2013'.

Report Buyer has added a new report 'Mexico Petrochemicals Report 2013'.

This new Mexico petrochemicals report examines the enormous long-term feedstock potential provided by shale gas, but warns of a risk of a contraction in output in 2013 if the US economy does not bounce back.

In 2012, Mexico's olefins capacities included 1.58mn tonnes per annum (tpa) of ethylene and 660,000tpa of propylene. These fed downstream capacities of 875,000tpa polyethylene (PE), 590,000tpa polypropylene (PP), 667,000tpa polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and 310,000tpa polystyrene (PS). It is widely recognised that these capacities are not large enough to meet domestic demand, let alone allow the country to take full advantage of its strategic position as a supplier to the US market. Mexico petrochemical output has suffered due to the effects of the global economic downturn, despite a relatively stable domestic market. Mexico's dominant oil, gas and petrochemicals producer Pemex reported that its petrochemicals output declined 13.4% year-on-year (y-o-y) to 7.38mn tonnes in the first eight months of 2012, having fallen 6.1% y-o-y to 12.38mn tonnes in 2011.

Mexico is aiming to raise total petrochemicals production capacity from around 9mn tpa in 2011 to 22.6mn tpa by 2026; Braskem's Ethylene XXI project will account for 15% of this increase. Reaching this goal is contingent on the full development of the country's shale gas reserves (estimated at 19,300bcm in 2012) as well as a reliable source of raw materials and greater private sector participation.
View the report: Mexico Petrochemicals Report 2013

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