EuroChem’s butac production unit shut down before planned outage

26 March 2010 15:56  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--EuroChem’s 18,000 tonnes/year butyl acetate (butac) unit has been unexpectedly shut down in March, ahead of the group's planned outage in April for the whole petrochemical complex, due to technical problems, a member of the sales division team said on Friday.

The acetic acid unit at EuroChem's site in Nevinnomyssk, Russia, has a nameplate capacity of 160,000 tonnes/year and was due to shut down on 6 April and restart on 4 May, the source said.

The acetic acid unit was in sync with the other units within the complex, of which 140,000 tonnes/year of methanol is also included.

“The complete shutdown usually happens annually, but it did not happen in 2009 and as such the full maintenance programme could stretch further than one month,” the source added.

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