EPCA ’11: SABIC’s BD unit in Geleen to shut for 12-14 days

02 October 2011 14:16  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS)--SABIC Europe’s butadiene (BD) extraction unit based at its site in Geleen, Netherlands, will shut down this week for 12-14 days of maintenance, a company source said on Sunday.

The unit which has the capacity to produce 130,000 tonnes/year of BD has been running at reduced rates for the past couple of weeks because of technical issues.

“It’s likely we go down next week” the source said on the sidelines of the 45th annual European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting.

The source added that he expected the restart of the plant sometime around 19-21 October.

The nature of the technical issue was not immediately disclosed.

European butadiene prices have been softening over the past two months because of weak domestic and export demand. This is despite scheduled maintenances underway at sites in France and the UK.

However, sources say the balance could change as further cracker cutbacks are being viewed as increasingly likely.

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By: Nel Weddle
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