21 February 2006 22:08 [Source: ICIS news]
BUENOS AIRES (ICIS news)--The outlook for orthoxylene (OX) supply in Latin America throughout the first half of 2006 remained snug on Tuesday due to local maintenance shutdowns, which raised the possibility of additional OX imports from the US Gulf or Europe into the region.
La Cangrejera’s shutdown triggered a spot purchase involving 2,000-3,000 tonne OX shipped from the US Gulf to East Coast
Meanwhile, a South American aromatics trader said Pequiven’s El Palito refinery in
Annual OX capacity at the El Palito facility stands at 48,000 tonne, according to statistics published by the Asociación Petroquimica y Quimíca Latinoamericana (APLA).
OX is a feedstock for the production of phthalic anhydride, which goes into the plasticisers market. With combined nameplate capacity totaling over 130,000 tonne/year, Braskem and Petroquimica Uniao in
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