Biopolymer producer Braskem has partnered with petrochemical company SCG Chemicals on an ethylene study for bio-based polyethylene (PE) in Thailand, Braskem announced on 9 September.

The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to carry out the study into a joint investment in a new bioethanol dehydration plant in Thailand to produce bioethylene and biopolyethylene, Braskem said.

“In addition to meeting customer expectations and contributing to our commitment to carbon neutral by 2050, this project could be a milestone for Braskem's presence in Asia,” Braskem's director for Asia Roger Marchioni said.

If approved, the plant would be located in Map Ta Phut, Rayong, and would combine Braskem’s technology and knowledge of biopolymers with SCG Chemicals’ experience of the Asian market and expertise in PE production, according to the company.