BP shutting 350kt PX plant in Alabama indefinitely

24 October 2001 22:47  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (CNI)--BP said Wednesday it will shut one of two paraxylene (PX) plants in Decatur, Alabama by the end of the month for an indefinite period because of current market conditions.

Scott Dean, a spokesman for BP in Chicago, Illinois told CNI the company expects no layoffs, adding "employees will be reassigned through the facility."

The plant produces 350 000 tonne/year of paraxylene.

Dean said the larger of the facilities, which makes 650 000 tonne/year of paraxylene, would not be affected.

He added: "We will continue to reassess the market and could restart the smaller facility when economic conditions improve."

Dean said there are no current plans to curtail paraxylene production at its Texas City, Texas location.

By: Mike Sheridan
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