15 February 2012 21:20 [Source: ICIS news]
BOGOTA (ICIS)--BASF said on Wednesday the ethylene oxide (EO) plant at its Geismar complex in Louisiana is not involved in the 30-day maintenance turnaround.
BASF confirmed in January that it declared force majeure on EO produced at its plant in Geismar. The force majeure will continue through February.
The company declared force majeure on 2 January, because of an extensive mechanical failure of a critical piece of equipment.
The force majeure covered EO and EO-containing Pluracol products, including conventional and graft products, the company said.
The BASF plant in Geismar has a capacity of 220,000 tonnes/year of EO, according to ICIS plants and projects. The company said it is on schedule to begin the 30-day turnaround on Wednesday.
BASF will perform preventive maintenance and equipment inspections and will install new equipment, the company has said.
Many of the site’s plants will be shut down during the turnaround. The last similar turnaround at the Geismar site was in 2008, according to the company.
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