BP runs Geel PTA unit at 85% until repair shutdown on 26 February

16 February 2011 11:42  [Source: ICIS news]

VALENCIA, Spain (ICIS)--BP is running one of its purified terephthalic acid (PTA) units in Geel, Belgium, at 85% capacity until 26 February when it will shut down for repairs, a company spokesman said on Wednesday. 

“We will keep going at 85% production rate until 26 February at which point we will shut the unit down [for nine to 10 days] and move to around 30%-40% allocation,” the spokesman said.

Having recovered from earlier difficulties with an agitator, a problem with the heat exchanger caused a second force majeure (FM) declaration on the PTA 3 unit on 10 February, which is still in place. The plant, together with PTA 2, produces 3.3m tonnes/year.

This is BP’s fourth PTA FM since December, with two other declarations having been made earlier on PTA 2.

The downstream polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market is subject to an FM at La Seda de Barcelona’s Artenius plants.

Other PET units are running at 40-60% production rates.

Lotte Chemical UK (LCUK) is also on FM at its 500,000 tonne/year Wilton site in the UK due to a lack of hydrogen.

($1 = €0.74)

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By: Caroline Murray
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