US ExxonMobil to lift PX sales allocation at Beaumont plant

31 March 2011 22:16  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US producer ExxonMobil Chemical will no longer allocate paraxylene (PX) sales after 1 April following three months of unspecified production issues at its plant in Beaumont, Texas, a company spokesman said on Thursday.

ExxonMobil began allocating sales from the Beaumont plant on 1 January as a result of “unexpected and prolonged operational issues”.

ExxonMobil's Beaumont site has a PX capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year. It has another PX site in Baytown, Texas, that can produce 600,000 tonnes/year.

US PX supply has been tight throughout the first quarter.

PX is a feedstock for purified terephthalic acid (PTA), which is then used to make polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Other US PX producers include BP Chemical, Chevron Phillips Chemical and Flint Hills Resources.

($1 = €0.71)

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