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Heartland Polymers Fills its First Polypropylene Railcar from New Canada Facility

Inter Pipeline said on Tuesday that its Heartland Polymers brand has filled its first railcar with Polypropylene (PP) produced at its facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.

The company said utilizing its strategic connectivity of its adjacent Redwater assets, it is starting up the facilities on a sequential basis beginning with the PP plant this week, to be followed by the start-up of the propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Q3.

Inter Pipeline added that the PP plant has been producing pellets since late June with Polymer Grade Propylene (PGP) from its storage cavern and it intends to gradually ramp-up production through the remainder of the year. The entire Heartland complex remains on schedule for an integrated start-up in Q3 when it will begin commercial production.

Heartland will initially produce homopolymers with plans to add random copolymers in 2023. Once commercial production is underway, Heartland is expected to produce 525,000 mt/yr of PP, filling approximately 18 railcars/day, 7 days a week.

The added capacity comes as PP pricing has been trending lower due to ample supply and lower demand. Early estimates for June contract prices are calling for a decline of $.09-.10/lb, following June PGP contract settlement at $.51/lb, which was down $.10/lb from May.

By The Plastics Exchange.

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