30 March 2011 04:59 [Source: ICIS news]
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--A force majeure (FM) declaration on maleic anhydride (MA) at Sasol-Huntsman’s 60,000 tonne/year plant in Moers, Germany, is expected to end within the first half of April, a top Huntsman official said late on Tuesday.
By that time, Sasol-Huntsman’s 45,000 tonne/year expansion of the plant will be complete, said Stu Monteith, president of Huntsman’s performance products division.
The FM at the Moers plant was enacted on 4 March 2011, after plant operators experienced difficulties during the start-up of the facility’s new 45,000 tonne reactor.
Speaking on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC), Monteith said the new reactor is mechanically complete but the start-up phase has been delayed.
“Then when they brought it up, they had slight difficulties around some of the existing units – so they brought everything down to start it all up in sync. And now it is doing really well,” Monteith said.
Sasol-Huntsman declared FM on MA at that time as a result of the situation.
“The latest thing I heard was if everything continues to scale up as we expect it to, we should probably be out of force majeure in a couple of weeks,” Monteith said.
Additional reporting by Mark Victory
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