The facility has been built next to the company’s existing production facilities in La Porte. (Credit: Pixabay/LEEROY Agency) Braskem, a producer of polyolefins and biopolymers, has announced the completion of its new polypropylene production facility located in La Porte, Texas.Claimed to be the first new polypropylene facility built in North America since 2003, it has been designed to have a production capacity of more than 450 kilotons or 1 billion pounds per year.The facility also has the ability to produce the entire polypropylene portfolio including a broad range of polypropylene products including homopolymer, impact copolymer and random copolymers.By employing approximately 1,300 development and construction workers, the project is said to have positively impacted the economy in the Texas Gulf Coast region.At the facility, an additional 50 permanent and full-time jobs will be created to support long-term commercial production.Braskem invested up to $675m to construct the facilityThe final investment decision on the project was taken by Braskem in June 2017. The company committed to invest up to $675m for the facility’s construction.In July 2017, Braskem selected Linde Group as the lead engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project. Later, in May 2018, Bilfinger Westcon was selected as the mechanical subcontractor.The facility has been built next to the company’s existing production facilities in La Porte.Braskem America CEO Mark Nikolich said: “We are proud to announce the milestone of construction completion for our new polypropylene production facility, the newest in the United States. This world scale facility is a confirmation to our clients around the world that Braskem is committed to investing in their future.“As commercial production begins later this year, Braskem will position the new facility’s domestic production capabilities to replace imported polypropylene volumes, which are currently addressing the shortfall in the United States’ domestic market.“Commercial production activity at the facility, in conjunction with our new Global Export Hub in Charleston, South Carolina, will also directly support Braskem’s global export capability to its clients throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.” The facility also has the ability to produce the entire polypropylene portfolio including a broad range of polypropylene products
In spite of leading the laser shooting and run combined event, the last trial of the event, the gold went to the current Olympic champion, Lithuanian athlete Laura Asadauskaite, who won with a five-second difference (5,312). The bronze went to Russian athlete Donata Rimsaite, vice-champion of the 2010 World Games, who reached the finish line two seconds before the Brazilian athlete (5,284). By Dialogo August 29, 2013 On August 24, in Taiwan, Petty Officer Second Class Yane Marques stepped on the podium to receive one more unprecedented title for her and for Brazil: second place in the Modern Pentathlon world championship. The silver medal came a little over a year after Yane became the first Latin-American athlete to win medals in the Modern Pentathlon, shortly after winning the bronze in the London Games. In the combined competition, Yane displayed a great performance with the fifth best time of the championship (13:02:42), earning 2,072 points. With a fast time and great aim at the laser shooting event, the athlete from Pernambuco remained in first place for all four 800-meter interval running series. The Brazilian athlete passed Elodie and Murray, and after being threatened by her Russian competitor Liudmila Kukushkina, who ended in 29th place, she continued to lead the competition in many instances, but ended up being overrun in the last series. In order to achieve second place, Yane had to improve greatly throughout the five events in the final. On August 23, she started off the day in 11th place, after the fencing competition (19 victories and 880 points total), then she moved to seventh with the ninth best time in swimming: 2:15:20 (1,180). The athlete, who is currently fifth in the world at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), continued her climb toward the world vice-championship after the ninth best horse riding presentation. In horse jumping, she only knocked over one obstacle and earned a total of 1,160 points. The athlete from Pernambuco came in third place in horse back riding, as she took off 14 seconds behind the current champion, French athlete Elodie Clouvel, and only 6 seconds after second place holder, the athlete from England, Samantha Murray, who won the silver medal in the 2012 London Games. The Brazilian Army Sports Committee athlete won the historic medal after a very balanced dispute at the Fengshan Stadium, in Kaoshiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, with a total of 5,292 points.