Mexichem mulls investment in VCM capacity expansion

Mexichem SAB, the owner of the world's largest fluorite mine, plans a joint venture with a foreign partner to produce fluorocarbons. Mexichem is estimated to reach an agreement with Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico's state-owned oil monopoly, to lease a state- owned petrochemical plant that produces vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). The VCM plant at Pemex's Pajaritos petrochemical complex is operating below its capacity of 400,000 tpa. Mexichem plans to invest in expansion at the plant to boost capacity to 500,000 tons. The leasing of Pemex VCM plant will eliminate the need to import VCM from the US by Mexichem.
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