BASF enters turnaround at Louisiana plant

21 May 2008 23:41  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--BASF began on Wednesday a planned, 40-day maintenance turnaround at its Geismar facilities in Louisiana, the German chemical major said.

The maintenance was scheduled for the same location where isocyanates production was hit by a 16-day unplanned outage in March.

The company said it had sufficient inventories of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) to cover order commitments without resulting in supply restrictions.

The closure, which was expected to resolve by early July, would also affect diols and derivatives production, sources said.

BASF produces 420,000 tonnes/year of isocyanates at Geismar, along with 130,000 tonnes of butanediol, according to data from ICIS plants and projects.

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By: Landon Feller
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