BASF shuts Ludwigshafen PA line for catalyst change

11 September 2009 11:13  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--German chemical major BASF shut down one of two phthalic anhydride (PA) lines at its 110,000 tonne/year plant at Ludwigshafen, Germany, on 1 September for a catalyst change, a company source confirmed on Friday.

The line will be shut for six weeks, the source said.

The source could not confirm the affected line's nameplate capacity.

Although there is tight supply in the European PA market due to difficulties in sourcing feedstock orthoxylene (OX), BASF’s shutdown was not expected to affect the market as most of its material was for captive use, sources said.

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By: Mark Victory
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