Total Petrochemicals to shut down US 91,000 tonne/year PS unit

11 November 2011 19:39  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Total Petrochemicals USA plans to permanently shut down a 91,000 tonne/year polystyrene (PS) unit at its Carville facility in Louisana that has been idled since the second half of 2010, the US-headquartered producer said on Friday.

"The balance of supply and demand in North American polystyrene has shifted over the last decade," said Stan Beisert, the company's vice president of styrenics, in a news release. "While we remain committed to styrenics, this unit is no longer viable given current market conditions."

The company said it will be focusing on improving efficiency on its other PS units, with a total production capacity of nearly 658,000 tonnes/year. Those units are also located in Carville, Louisiana.

While the company believes PS demand will improve over the next few years, Beisert said its remaining capacity and infrastructure will support that growth.

"If demand warrants additional capacity in the longer term, we have the capacity to debottleneck existing units," he said.

For more on Total Petrochemical's plants, visit ICIS plants and projects

By: Michelle Klump
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