13 May 2002 15:28 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--US chemicals, fibres and plastics manufacturer Eastman plans to shut is purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant in Rotterdam, The Netherlands for a few days at the end of May for essential repairs.
The plant suffered "severe production problems" two weeks ago, and was shut for a couple of days for emergency repairs after a vaporiser pipe began to leak due to corrosion to its titanium layer, according to a company source.
The 270 000 tonne/year plant has now reached normal operating levels but further repair work needs to be carried out, the source explained.
He stressed that PTA supplies to customers from the Rotterdam plant have not been affected by the production problems and Eastman is currently building up inventory to compensate for the outage at the end of the month.
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