02 December 2011 17:31 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--BASF Sonatrach PropanChem plans to restart its propane dehydrogenation (PDH) unit in Tarragona, Spain, between 5-7 December following the completion of repairs, a company spokesperson said on Friday.
Provided the restart and operations run according to plan, the existing force majeure on propylene supplies at the site is likely to be lifted by the end of next week.
At the end of September, the company declared force majeure on its propylene supplies following a forced shutdown for technical reasons. This limited output during October and in early November the unit was taken down for repairs and maintenance.
At this point, the force majeure was extended until early December.
The nameplate capacity of the PDH unit in Tarragona is 350,000 tonnes/year, according to the company.
BASF Sonatrach PropanChem is a 50:50 joint venture between Germany's BASF and Algerian oil and gas producer Sonatrach.
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