27 October 2009 15:09 [Source: ICIS news]
The plant was shut down over the weekend, the company said.
A source familiar with the Texas City plant said it was taken down due to unsustainable styrene margins and would remain offline until margins recover.
INEOS NOVA anticipated that adequate SM margin levels for restart would be seen in first-quarter 2010, the source said.
The company’s other North American styrene operations continued at its larger facility in Bayport, Texas, as well as a smaller plant in Sarnia, Ontario, market sources said.
A company spokesperson said the temporary shutdown at Texas City would not result in job losses.
October styrene spot prices were assessed at 44.25-45.50 cents/lb ($976-1,003/tonne, €654-672/tonne) FOB (free on board) US Gulf (USG), although bids were heard as low as 40 cents/lb against offers as high as 49 cents/lb, according to global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing.
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