17 January 2005 15:34 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--The shutdown of the ERG Raffinerie Mediterranee refinery in Priolo, Italy from 20 February until the end of March should have only a limited impact on the production of aromatics, a source at Italian chemicals producer Polimeri Europa confirmed to CNI on Monday.
"We are doing our best to face the shutdown with a high stock of product," said the source.
Feedstocks and aromatics are being stockpiled ahead of the shutdown and there should be enough paraxylene (PX), orthoxylene (OX), benzene and toluene to meet contractual commitments, although no spot material is expected to be available in February and March, according to the source.
The reduced availability of feedstocks will mean that aromatics units will run at reduced rates in March, however, until the refinery restarts at the end of the month. The PX unit is expected to run at about 50% throughout March, according to the Polimeri source.
Polimeri's aromatics capacity at Priolo includes a 160 000 tonne/year benzene unit, a 70 000 tonne/year toluene facility, a 200 000 tonne/year paraxylene (PX) unit and a 70 000 tonne/year orthoxylene (OX) facility.
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