03 December 2010 11:28 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Arkema has stopped production at one of the two reactors at its 90,000 tonne/year phthalic anhydride (PA) plant at Chauny, France, to carry out a catalyst change, a company source said on Friday.
The plant’s smaller reactor, which has a nameplate capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year, was taken off line over the weekend of 27-28 November and is expected to be down for three to four weeks, the source said.
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Cold weather is also limiting buying interest from the downstream construction industry, sources said.
The Arkema source said that production at the Chauny plant’s larger reactor, which has a nameplate capacity of 60,000 tonne/year, would be enough to meet demand in December.
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