Selenis delays PET turnaround at Portalegre

23 March 2006 16:41  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--A planned turnaround at Selenis’s polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in Portalegre, Portugal, has been delayed and will now begin this weekend (25-26 March), a company source said on Thursday.


The plant was originally scheduled to go down for maintenance in mid-March, but would now go offline for a month until 25 April, he said. No reason was given for the delay.


The turnaround was also expected to complete work begun last October to increase the plant’s capacity to 90,000 tonne/year from 70,000 tonne/year. 


Selenis is also ramping up production at its plant at San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy following recent work to debottleneck production, which will ultimately increase PET capacity there to 190,000 tonne/year.


The Portalegre shutdown is just one of several in the current round of PET turnarounds in Europe. Voridian’s 160,000 tonne/year unit in San Roque, Spain went down on 16 March and was expected back up at the end of March. The 125,000 tonne/year PET unit in Barbastro, Spain – the largest of Novapet’s three units – is also down, with an expected restart around 8 April.


These coincide with a planned outage at Interquisa’s purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant in San Roque, Spain, which went offline in the second week of March.


Advansa’s 150,000 tonne/year PET plant in Wilton, UK, has also been in shutdown recently, but was expected to begin output within the next week. A company source confirmed that the company’s 500,000 tonne/year PTA plant is currently in the process of restarting, and the PET plant was expected to be up at around the same time.


VPI’s 80,000 tonne/year unit in Volos, Greece has also completed its three-week turnaround. The plant went offline on 22 February but was back online from mid-March, according to a source at Selenis, which owns 51% of VPI.


SK Chemicals’ 120,000 tonne/year plant in Wloclawek, Poland is also running again following its recent outage, but only at 70-80% of full capacity.


The current round of shutdowns has reduced European PET output significantly over the past month, but has not had any major effect on product availability, according to buyers and sellers. Some small pricing increases were reported for March PET business, but overall the sentiment in the market was very bearish.

By: Benjamin Purvis
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