08 March 2011 22:20 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--An upcoming turnaround at Sunoco’s bisphenol-A (BPA) plant in Ohio is adding to supply woes facing the market, buyers said on Tuesday.
The shutdown at the 105,000 tonne/year Haverhill plant in Ohio is expected to occur in March, but the exact date is a moving target, sources said. The shutdown was expected to last for about a month.
Officials at Sunoco did not return a call seeking comment.
The looming shutdown and sustained supply tightness has forced BPA buyers to scramble for product, according to buyers and producers.
“BPA is incredibly tight. We’re seeing all kinds of people coming out of the woodwork and asking for product,” a producer said.
Spot BPA was heard offered to the US market at $2,700/tonne (€1,944/tonne) CFR (cost and freight), which would suggest that supply is extremely tight, a trader said. The offer and any deals were not confirmed.
($1 = €0.72)
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