IAC Saudi acetic acid unit restarts after three-week maintenance

09 February 2011 11:54  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--International Acetyl Company (IAC) resumed production at its 460,000 tonne/year acetic acid plant in Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia on 5 February, a company source said on Wednesday.

IAC, a joint venture between Sipchem and Helm, went into a planned shutdown on 15 January for routine maintenance.

Half of the output from the acetic acid plant is utilised in the production of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM). The remaining acetic acid is sold on local and international markets.

The adjoining International Vinyl Acetate Company (IVC) VAM unit, with a nameplate capacity of 330,000 tonnes/year, had been running at reduced output during the outage and was also now ramping up rates.

The next vessel of acetic acid and VAM due to arrive into Europe from the plant is expected towards the end of March.

Key acetic acid producers in the European market include BP, Celanese and Lyondell.

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By: Jane Massingham
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