Corrected: US ExxonMobil limits PX sales on Beaumont plant issues

14 January 2011 22:26  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS news story headlined "US ExxonMobil limits PX sales on Beaumont plant issues" dated 14 January 2011, please read in the second and third paragraphs …Pietrogallo… instead of …Pietragallo…. A corrected story follows.

HOUSTON (ICIS)--ExxonMobil’s paraxylene (PX) supply from its Beaumont facility in Texas was being allocated to customers, effective on 1 January, as a result of “unexpected and prolonged operational issues”, the company said on Friday.

ExxonMobil Chemical spokesman George Pietrogallo Jr declined to comment on when the issue first began, how long the disruption would last and how much capacity was affected.

Pietrogallo did say the company was working on bringing production back to meet customers’ needs.

Market sources said this week the company was experiencing production issues.

PX buyers could not be immediately reached for comment.

ExxonMobil's Beaumont site has a PX capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year. It has another PX site in Baytown, Texas, that can produce 600,000 tonnes/year.

PX is a feedstock for purified terephthalic acid (PTA), which is then used to make polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Other US PX producers include BP Chemical, Chevron Phillips Chemical and Flint Hills Resources.

($1 = €0.75)

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