Arkema shuts reactor at France PA plant for catalyst change

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.

The shutdown is not expected to affect the PA supply-demand balance in Europe, because declining demand in December will lead end-users to reduce their inventories to lower gearing ratios before the end of the year.

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.

($1 = €0.76)

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By: Mark Victory
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