Italy's Polynt to shut Florence plasticisers for maintenance on 1 Aug

29 July 2011 13:05  [Source: ICIS news]

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LONDON (ICIS)--Italian chemical firm Polynt will shut down its plasticisers facilities at San Giovanni Valdarno, near Florence, on 1 August for a two-week turnaround, a company source said on Friday, joining other producers in the annual maintenance season. 

Polynt's units have a combined capacity of 110,000 tonnes/year for all plasticisers, including dioctyl phthalate (DOP), di-propyl heptyl phthalate (DPHP), di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and tri octyl trimellitate (TOTM).

It expects to build up enough inventories in order to continue to supply its customers during the operations, the source said.

Other planned shutdowns for plasticiser producers include France-based Arkema’s DOP and phthalic anhydride (PA) facilities, in Chauny, France.

The units, which have a nameplate capacity of 70,000 tonnes/year for DOP and 90,000 tonnes/year for PA, will start a two-week maintenance shutdown this weekend.

Supply will not be affected during the turnaround because weak demand has allowed the company to build inventories in advance.

Sweden-based Perstorp will have a maintenance shutdown at its 65,000 tonne/year plasticisers unit in the second half of September. 

The facilities in Stenungsund, Sweden, produce both DOP and DPHP.

Its 120,000 tonne/year 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) unit, also at Stenungsund, will undergo maintenance work in the first half of September.

The company’s 90,000 tonne/year n-butanol (NBA) plant shut down for maintenance on 27 July and is expected to restart the week ending 12 August.

Because of technical problems, the NBA plant has been running at reduced capacity, hindering the company’s efforts to build inventories before the shutdown, a company source said.

Germany-based BASF’s plasticisers facilities at Ludwigshafen will undergo annual maintenance in September.

The facilities have a combined capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year for all plasticisers (including DINP and DPHP), and a capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year for the company's Hexamoll DINCH plasticiser.

Polish company Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn (ZAK) restarted its oxo-alcohols complex on 25 July.

The plant, at Kedzierzyn-Kozle in southern Poland, shut down on 26 June for three weeks of maintenance, but technical problems delayed the restart by one week.

It has a nameplate capacity of 60,000 tonnes/year of DOP, 36,000 tonnes/year of NBA, 24,000 tonnes/year of isobutanol (IBA) and 132,000 tonnes/year of 2-EH, according to a company source.

Finally, production outages have been reported at OXEA Group’s facilities in Oberhausen, Germany.

According to a company source, the oxo-alcohols units are not running at full capacity because of maintenance work.

According to ICIS plants and projects, OXEA’s NBA unit has a capacity of 130,000 tonnes/year and the 2-EH unit has a capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year.

Other DOP producers include Oltchim, Orgachim and Deza, while other DINP producers include Evonik Oxeno, ExxonMobil and Deza.

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By: Abache Abreu
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