APIC '07: Rohm & Haas to restart Deer Park MMA

18 May 2007 13:44  [Source: ICIS news]

TAIPEI (ICIS news)--Rohm and Haas will restart its 790m lbs/year (358,337 tonne/year) methyl methacrylate (MMA) facility in Deer Park, Texas, this weekend after a longer-than-expected shutdown, a company source said on Friday.

The facility was initially scheduled for a four-week annual maintenance until 11 May, but unexpected minor mechanical issues delayed its start-up by one week.

“In addition, one of our reactors was damaged by a heavy thunderstorm late last week,” said the official at the sidelines of the Asia Petrochemicals Industry Conference.

Although the plant was ready to resume commercial production in the next one or two days, total production loss over the entire time period was estimated at 7,000-8,000 tonnes. 

The impact on MMA prices in the US market was not immediately obvious.

US MMA contract prices for the second quarter were stable at up to 117.5 cents/lb FD (free delivered) railcar, and 119.5 cents/lb FD tank truck during the week ended 11 May, according to global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing.  

Other suppliers said they believed that Rohm and Haas would face some difficulties in fulfilling contractual cargoes to its customers in Asia. The US producer declined to comment on this.

By: Chan Jingyi
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