Mexico's state oil company Pemex's petrochemical production up 0.84% year-over-year in September to 840,000 tonnes; output of ethylene down 41.6% to 52,000 tonnes, propylene down 27.5% to 29,000 tonnes, VCM down 57.1% to 6,000 tonnes

SANTIAGO, Chile , October 28, 2013 () – Mexico's state oil company Pemex produced 840,000t of petrochemical products in September, up slightly from 833,000t a year ago, according to statistics on the company's website.

Ethylene and propylene production fell 41.6% and 27.5% year-on-year in September to 52,000t and 29,000t respectively. Toluene output doubled to 10,000t while benzene production remained flat at 6,000t over the period.

High, low and linear low-density polyethylene decreased 93.8%, 25% and 46.2% to 1,000t, 18,000t and 7,000t.

Ethylene oxide output rose 35.3% to 23,000t in September compared to the year-ago month and ammonia production reached 76,000t, up 10.1% year-on-year. Dichloroethane and vinyl chloride production fell by 54.4% and 57.1% to 10,000t and 6,000t.

Pemex produced 5,000t of styrene in September compared to none a year ago.

Production of "other chemicals" totaled 597,000t, up 15.3% from September 2012.

The company did not provide reasons for the production changes.

Pemex's petrochemicals arm is called PPQ.
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