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.?xml:namespace>
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, ?xml:namespace>
The Portalegre shutdown is just one of several in the current round of PET turnarounds in
These coincide with a planned outage at Interquisa’s purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant in
Advansa’s 150,000 tonne/year PET plant in
VPI’s 80,000 tonne/year unit in
SK Chemicals’ 120,000 tonne/year plant in
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.
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