NewsFlashBASF, Perstorp halt oxo-alcohol units

26 January 2006 17:09  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Oxo-alcohols production at BASF’s Ludwigshafen complex in Germany and Perstorp’s Stenungsund site in Sweden ground to a halt this week, sources at the two companies said on Thursday.


BASF halted its n-butyraldhyde production on Monday (23 January) due to the extreme cold and was forced to stop production of butanols, butyl acetate and butyl glycols due to lack of feedstock, according to a BASF source.


“The plant is only likely to re-start mid-end next week,” the source said. “We have all our downstream products on strict allocation, including contractual quantities and have no product for the spot market.”


BASF’s 450,000 tonne/year plant at Ludwigshafen has only just started up after a major debottlenecking programme this month.


Perstorp also reported an unplanned outage of butanols and 2 ethyl hexanol (2EH) production this week. The units went down on Monday and restarted on Wednesday but failed again by the end of the day, said a company source. Production is not expected to restart before Sunday (29 January), added the source.


Perstorp has the capacity to produce 80,000 tonne/year of butanols and 120,000 tonne/year of 2EH at Stenungsund. Dioctyl phthalate (DOP) production at the site has been reduced due to problems with the supply of 2EH feedstock.

By: Linda Naylor
+44 20 8652 3214

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