Pemex's petrochemical production up 1.1% year-over-year in November to 899,000 tonnes; output of ethylene up 1.2% to 83,000 tonnes, propylene down 2.8% to 35,000 tonnes, HDPE up 38% to 11,000 tonnes, benzene up 16.7% to 7,000 tonnes

SANTIAGO, Chile , December 26, 2013 () – Mexico's state oil company Pemex produced 899,000t of petrochemical products in November, up 1.1% from 886,000t a year ago, according to statistics on the company's website.

Ethylene production increased to 83,000t from 82,000t, while toluene output doubled to 12,000t from 6,000t and propylene production dipped from 36,000t to 35,000t. Benzene output rose from 6,000t to 7,000t.

Production of low and linear low-density polyethylene decreased 5.5% and 4.5% to 17,000t from 18,000t and to 21,000t from 22,000t, respectively. High-density polyethylene output rose 38% to 11,000t from 9,000t.

Ethylene oxide and styrene output rose 43% and 9% to 33,000t and 12,000t respectively in November compared to the year-ago month. Ammonia production fell 41% to 61,000t from 98,000t.

There was no dichloroethane production or vinyl chloride production last month compared to 15,000t and 9,000t in November 2012.

Production of "other chemicals" totaled 608,000t, up 10%.

The company did not provide reasons for the production changes.

Pemex's petrochemicals arm is called PPQ.
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