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Braskem Claims World’s First ‘Green’ PE; Plans Commercial-Scale Plant

2:32 PM MDT | July 31, 2007 | Nancy Seewald

Braskem says it has successfully produced trial quantities of what it calls the world’s first “green” high-density polyethylene (PE), made from sugar cane-based ethanol. The company will build a green PE plant in Brazil and invest $60 million-$100 million, depending on whether it is built at an existing facility or a greenfield location, says José Carlos Grubisich, Braskem´s CEO. Total capacity will be between 100,000 m.t./year and 200,000 m.t./year, Grubisich says. Startup is expected by the end of 2009. The city location and exact...

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