SABIC Wilton BD runs at reduced rates, FMs remain

12 May 2010 14:06  [Source: ICIS news]

SABICLONDON (ICIS news)--SABIC’s butadiene (BD) extraction unit in Wilton, UK, is running at reduced rates following its restart after planned maintenance on Friday 7 May, a company source said on Wednesday.

Wilton restarted, we are on-spec and gradually ramping up operating rates” the source said.

The source said that the forces majeures declarations on butadiene and raffinate 1 supplies from the site were still in place and likely to remain until maximum rates were achieved, since inventories were very low.

“We are likely to get full rates in a couple of weeks” the source added.

The Wilton unit had been out of action since its shut down on 28 February because of polymer fouling. Maintenance had been planned to start 14-15 March.

The butadiene and raffinate 1 forces majeures have been in place since October 2009 when technical issues first forced SABIC to reduce operating rates. SABIC’s Wilton BD unit has a capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year, according to the ICIS plants and projects database.

Its Netherlands unit based at Geleen is due to go into scheduled maintenance in June.

Production issues and strong export demand have kept European butadiene supplies very tight since the beginning of the year.

LyondellBasell declared force majeure on butadiene deliveries on 15 April as a result of delays to the start-up of its 80,000 tonnes/year extraction unit and cracker following scheduled maintenance work, which began in early March.

The second-quarter contract settled at €1,275/tonne ($1,614/tonne) FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe), up €325/tonne from the first quarter.

Spot prices were assessed at around €1,650/tonne FD NWE, according to global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing.

($1 = €0.79)

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By: Nel Weddle
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