14 April 2008 09:50 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--National Petrochemical Co's 150,000 tonne/year Fanavaran acetic acid unit at Bandar Imam in Iran was shut down again on 4 April due to technical issues and there were no clear indications when it would restart, a company official said on Monday.
Prior to this recent outage, the producer had cut operating rates at the plant by 20% to 50-60%, due to the same reasons, a company official had said earlier.
As a result of the unstable production, the company retracted an earlier statement about a possible 2,000 to 3,000 tonnes of acetic acid available for export this month.
“Our inventory has been fully committed for the downstream purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant and our domestic customers,” he said, adding that it remained unclear when the technical issues at the plant would be resolved.
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