Indorama prepares to restart PET production at Alabama plant

10 May 2011 21:09  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Indorama is preparing to resume operations at its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant in Decatur, Alabama, once purified terephthalic acid (PTA) supply has been restored, a company source said on Tuesday.

Indorama declared force majeure (FM) on PET production at Decatur last week following a storm-related power cut at the site on 28 April.

Customers served by the 432,000 tonne/year plant were placed on 35% product allocation.

Power was restored over the weekend, and Indorama is waiting for BP to resume paraxylene (PX) and PTA production at the site.

Operations at BP’s 1.1m tonne/year PX plant at Decatur were also halted by the power outage, but BP said on 5 May that it had not declared FM on PX.

“Provided the unit restarts go as planned, BP does not anticipate disruptions to PTA production due to lack of PX supply”, the company said.

BP said on Monday that power had been restored, but the Indorama source said that BP would likely restart PTA production toward the end of May.

In a statement released on 9 May, Indorama said that “full commercial [PET] production is expected to be achieved during 2nd half of May 2011”.

No response from BP regarding its PTA operations was received by the time of publication.

Other PET producers in the US include DAK Americas, Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G) and NanYa.

For more on PET and PX visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Samuel Weatherlake
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