Dow to shut Stade chlorinated solvents units for maintenance

10 March 2009 15:07  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical will shut its chlorinated solvents plant in Stade, Germany, for planned maintenance in April, a company source said on Tuesday.

The source said that the exact dates of the shutdown had not been finalised, but the plant was expected to be out of action for up to two weeks.

The closure will affect units that produce methylene chloride, perchloroethylene (perc), trichloroethylene (TCE) and chloroform.

Dow is one of only two TCE producers in Europe – alongside Romanian firm Chimcomplex – and one of only three perc producers – alongside Solvay and Czech firm Spolchemie.

The shutdown was likely to overlap with Spolchemie’s planned maintenance at its perc unit in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, which is scheduled to take place around the end of March.

Market insiders said that the simultaneous closure of two of Europe’s three perc units could tighten the market in the coming weeks.

However, a source at Spolchemie doubted that the impact would be large as the outages were planned, which would allow both firms to build stocks ahead of the turnarounds.

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By: Matthew Bristow
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