26 July 2011 13:14 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Germany-based chemicals major BASF has restarted all the crucial parts of its acetylene plant at its Ludwigshafen site, enabling it to increase its allocation quota for butanediol (BDO) to 60%, a company source said on Tuesday.
“The acetylene plant is running at almost 80% and the technical team is now ahead of schedule with its repairs,” the source said. “From the 1st of August, we will increase our allocation quota from 45% to 60%.”
Force majeure is still in place at Europe’s largest BDO producer, following a fire at a precursor plant at the facility on 30 May that damaged the feedstock acetylene plant.
“The force majeure will now run into September,” the source said.
The BASF facility at Ludwigshafen has a BDO production capacity of 190,000 tonnes/year.
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