Aromatics '04: Huntsman's Wilton, UK plant back on line

23 November 2004 12:59  [Source: ICIS news]

ANTWERP, Belgium (CNI)--Huntsman’s reformate processing unit and associated aromatics number 2 facility at Wilton, UK are back up and running well after a planned shutdown, CNI learned here Tuesday.


The aromatics facilities, including a 510 000 tonne/year benzene unit and 340 000 tonne/year of toluene capacity, resumed production on Saturday (20th November). On spec product was reported on Monday afternoon, David Hughes marketing manager, aromatics business for Huntsman, told CNI. Hughes was speaking on the sidelines of the Third European Aromatics and Derivatives Conference*.


Mixed xylenes production of over 500 000 tonne/year was also successfully restarted after the shutdown which began in early October. The tie-in for a planned expansion was begun during this turnaround, but will not be completed until the second quarter of 2005 when 100 000 tonne/year of mixed xylenes and a small volume of paraxylene (PX) will be added.


The PX unit did not shut down during this outage so Huntsman was left short of xylenes to run the unit. It bought around 4500 tonne at prices in the low $700s/tonne FOB (free on board) Rotterdam in November to cover the shortfall.


*Organised by global price reporting and market intelligence service ICIS-LOR, European Chemical News and consultants International eChem, the conference continues on Wednesday. ICIS-LOR and ECN are part of the same publishing group as CNI.

By: Philippa Davies
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