EPCA '09: Solventis buys Shell hexylene glycol, IPE customer list

06 October 2009 15:40  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS news)--Solventis has purchased the customer list for hexylene glycol and isopropyl ether (IPE) from Shell Chemicals following the closure of LyondellBasell’s solvents unit in Berre, France, Solventis managing director David Lubbock said on Tuesday.

The purchase was possible due to the end of a tolling agreement between the companies, said Lubbock on the sidelines of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) conference.

“Solventis will distribute hexylene glycol and IPE from [its] bulk tank farm facility in Belgium,” according to Shell correspondence to its customers.

UK- and Belgium-based solvents distributor Solventis declined to comment about the cost of the purchase.

Shell Chemicals would continue to supply hexylene glycol and IPE until stocks from Berre were exhausted, according to the company, but a precise timescale for this was not disclosed.

LyondellBasell officially shut down its isopropanol (IPA), methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) and acetone production at Berre in France on 1 October.

The debottlenecking at Shell’s Pernis facility last year was expected to cover the IPA and MIBK production loss at Berre, as previously stated by a Shell company source.

However, Shell’s Pernis facility was unable to compensate for the deficit of acetone, IPE and hexylene glycol, which were only produced at the Berre facility.

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