30 October 2009 15:35 [Source: ICIS news]
The shutdown was scheduled to last just over a week, with the facility due to restart on 10 or 11 November.
When asked if the shutdown would affect the company’s contractual supply obligations, the source said there would be “no effect, absolutely none”.
In June, the plant began production of bio-methanol at a rate of 200,000 tonnes/year. The remainder of the capacity is used to produce regular methanol.
The source said the maintenance was related to the recent part-conversion to bio-methanol production and would consist of simple adjustments and fine-tuning.
The company plans to further increase the proportion of the plant's bio-methanol production to 400,000 tonnes/year toward the end of 2010, according to the source.
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