CEPSA Quimica to shut down phenol/acetone line in first quarter

17 December 2010 17:58  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--CEPSA Quimica plans to carry out a four-week shutdown of one of its phenol/acetone lines at its facility in Huelva, Spain, during the first quarter of 2011, a company source said on Friday.

“We will have a four-week shutdown towards the end of February, early March, meaning a loss of a third of our capacity,” the source said.

“We need to inspect our propylene storage. This needs to be inspected by law every 10 years. Part of the refinery is also shutting down, so we need to shut line two”.

Line two has the capacity to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 124,000 tonnes/year on acetone.

CEPSA Quimica’s largest and newest line, line three, which has the capacity to produce 250,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 155,000 tonnes/year of acetone, will continue to run during the four-week shutdown.

The company officially decommissioned line one at Huelva earlier this year.

CEPSA Quimica reduced operating rates at the plant beginning in June 2008 as a result of the global economic downturn, with line one idled since the end of that year.

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By: Julia Meehan
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