03 February 2011 16:06 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--SABIC’s copolymer polypropylene (PP) production at Geleen in the Netherlands is still experiencing technical problems and one line will be brought down for around 10 days on 5 February, a company source said on Thursday.
One of the company’s two lines, which have a combined capacity of 550,000 tonnes/year, has been running at reduced rates since the end of December. Normal sales volumes had been expected to resume by February, but this was no longer the case.
“The plant will be shut down on 5 February for approximately 10 days to carry out necessary repair activities. We estimate that the time needed to arrive at normal operating conditions will take two weeks after shutdown of the plant,” said the source.
“We are doing everything reasonably possible to minimise any negative impact on customers,” the source added.
PP prices had increased by at least €100/tonne ($139/tonne) in January and producers were now targeting hikes of €35-70/tonne for February, following the settlement of the February propylene monomer contract at €1,105/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe), up €35/tonne from its January level.
Homopolymer injection net prices were trading around €1,320-1,340/tonne FD NWE.
PP is a versatile plastic that is used in packaging, household goods and automotive applications.
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