03 September 2010 12:02 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Perstorp has started planned maintenance work this week that will last for one month and involve its production of aldehydes, oxo-alcohols and plasticisers, a source with the Sweden-based producer said on Friday.
The maintenance work at Perstorp's facility at Stenungsund, Sweden, started this week with a one-week shutdown of aldehydes, the source said.
Next week, 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) and n-butanol (NBA) production will be taken off line for one week. After that, there will be a one-week shutdown of the plasticiser dioctyl phthalate (DOP), the source added.
While the shutdowns have been planned for some time, the source said it will take slightly longer than originally expected to restart the units.
The source added that the severe market shortage in recent weeks of 2-EH and plasticisers has made it difficult for the company to build stock.
“The Polish outage pushed it to the extreme, especially with 2-EH and DOP,” said the source, referring to current market conditions.
Poland-based Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn (ZAK) declared force majeure on its supplies of oxo-alcohols from 19 August. The company also produces DOP, but it has not said how the force majeure has affected the availability of that product.
Perstorp’s Stenungsund plant has a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year of NBA, 65,000 tonnes/year of DOP and 125,000 tonnes/year of 2-EH, according to the ICIS plants and projects database.
The company said it has communicated to its buyers that deliveries will be limited during the outage.
Other oxo-alcohols producers include Arkema, BASF and Oxea.
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