23 June 2010 16:43 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Equipolymers is still operating below capacity at its Schkopau, Germany, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant due to ongoing technical problems after its restart following a brief shutdown earlier this month, a company source said on Wednesday.
“We hope to have prime product by next Monday,” the source said.
The plant, which has a capacity of 335,000 tonne/year according to ICIS data, went down unexpectedly in early June because of a power outage.
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The plant’s supplier of upstream paraxylene (PX) experienced a shutdown in May and this caused the purified terephthalic acid (PTA) line to also close down, leading to a lack of raw material for PET production, the source explained.
Equipolymers is a 50-50 joint venture between Dow Chemical and the Petrochemical Industries Co (PIC) of
Wednesday saw the restart of Indorama’s Dutch PET and PTA plants in
Novapet confirmed that its 130,000 tonne/year line at its Spanish PET plant in Barbastro, Huesca, would definitely shut down on Thursday for around five weeks.
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