BASF plans maintenance at Ludwigshafen butanol facility

04 August 2011 16:44  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany-based BASF will shut its 450,000 tonne/year butanol facility at Ludwigshafen, Germany, for 10–14 days of maintenance beginning 10 September, a company source said on Thursday.

The petrochemicals giant expects to build sufficient stocks to be able to continue supplying regular customers during the shutdown.

Supply for spot buyers might be slightly affected by the turnaround, the source said. However, only a small share of the company's butanol output is sold on the spot market.

BASF's plasticisers facilities will also undergo annual maintenance in September.

The units have a combined capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year for all plasticisers, including di-propyl heptyl phthalate (DPHP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP).

The company's 100,000 tonne/year Hexamoll DINCH (di-isononyl-cyclohexane-dicarboxylate) facility will also be shut down for maintenance in September.

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