17 April 2008 15:51 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Possible extensions to a planned n-butanol (NBA) maintenance at OXEA’s
The NBA line in
However, this could now be extended by a further two weeks, said an OXEA source in
“If this is the case, then may need to reduce our 2-EH [2-ethylhexanol] production in Europe, in favour of NBA production so we can send material to support our
“The decision has not yet been taken, and we have to assess whether our 2-EH stocks are endangered by the extension, and also our plans for NBA”, the source added.
In Europe, OXEA has planned a four- or five-week maintenance programme at its 300,000 tonne/year 2EH line at
Stocks were being built up ahead of the outage, so the possibility of a long extension to the
Market sources in the
A knock-on effect across the
The European 2-EH market has remained tight for some months, while allocations and pre-maintenance stock builds continued to restrict available product.
Prices were last assessed at €1,270-1,300/tonne ($2,016-2,063/tonne) FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest
($1 = €0.63)
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