Atlas Copco Rental to supply one of the greatest petrochemical complexes in Latin America

La Porte, Texas – June 18, 2015: Atlas Copco Rental North America wins over bid for renting oil-free air equipment and accessories to the Etileno XXI Project in Mexico.

June 18, 2015

Overview of Etileno site Mexico

In January of 2010, the Etileno XXI project was born as a result of the alliance between Braskem, a Brazilian company leading in the petrochemical industry and Group Idesa, one of the top Mexican companies in the petrochemical sector. Together they invested over 4.5 billion USD in the construction of a 500 acre complex in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Etileno XXI Project at a glance:



  • 24,000 tons of steel structure
  • 132,000 tons of concrete
  • 38,000 tons of equipment
  • 24,000 tons of piping
  • 4,000 tons of electrical cable
  • 150,000 MW capacity installed with cogeneration capabilities up to 80%
  • 14,000 permanent jobs created

This complex will feature a Cracker Plant to turn ethane gas into ethylene. Within the production possibilities, it is estimated to produce one million tons of ethylene and polyethylene each year.

Construction of this complex was implemented by powerful companies in the industry: ODEBRECHT, a Brazilian construction company, TECHNIP Italy, a world leader in management, project design, engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance of industrial complexes and ICA Flour, a Mexican company that specializes in commissioning and construction of industrial and petrochemical plants.


“The bid process began in September 2014. Roberto Romero, our Area Sales Manager in the southeast of Mexico, began visiting and presenting our products and services. He informed them of all our products and specifics about the Atlas Copco 100% oil-free air compressors ... After several meetings with the engineers, operators and users from all three companies at the plant, Roberto entered the public bid and finally the decision was published in December for Atlas Copco Rental to supply 100% of the equipment needed for the project. This included the rental of 13 x PTS 916, 4 x PNS 1250, 2 x ZT 90 and 10 dryers.”

Enrico Salvatori, Vice President Operations for Mexico

In both the pre-commissioning and commissioning phase, it is mandatory to run different tests on equipment and pipelines. Tests include: blowing air, drying, testing pneumatic, inerting, chemical cleaning, chemical testing and load testing catalysts. These tests are to ensure safety and reliability within the processes. All of these tests need both standard and high pressure of 100% oil-free air. On the drying stage air needs to be somewhere between -30 and -40 degrees Fahrenheit dew point.

The job started in March and will be running until late September.

“We are happy with the high quality and timely service that we have been enjoying from Atlas Copco Rental. This has allowed us to progress quite quickly and contributed to the high degree of satisfaction of our company and of our final customer, Braskem Idesa. I will definitely recommend Atlas Copco’s service, for the quality of its equipment and the availability and attentiveness of its personnel.”

Nicola Perugini, Manager of Comissioning of TECHNIP Italy for the Etileno XXI Mexico Project

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Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2015, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 102 (BEUR 11) and more than 43 000 employees.


Specialty Rental is a division within Atlas Copco’s Construction Technique business area. It serves customers in the industry segments around the world with temporary air, nitrogen, steam and power rental solutions. The specialty rental services are offered under several brands. The divisional headquarters is located in Houston, USA.