Arkema lifts DOP force majeure, Europe availability set to improve

12 March 2012 16:44  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--France-based specialty chemical producer Arkema has lifted force majeure on dioctyl phthalate (DOP) supplies from its 70,000 tonnes/year site at Chauny, a company source said on Monday.

Technical problems led to a shutdown at the facility in early February and the force majeure was declared after a weather-related restart failure.

The plant was successfully restarted on the weekend of 25-26 February, but production in the following days was described as “unsatisfactory”.

The plant's operating rates increased last week and production has now stabilised.

Arkema is Europe's largest DOP producer and the shutdown has had a severe impact on availability in the European market.

Elsewhere, production at Czech Republic-based Deza’s facilities at Valasske Mezirici is expected to return to normal by the end of this week.

The units have been running at reduced operating rates since a weather-related outage at the company’s feedstock phthalic anhydride (PA) unit in February.

All contractual obligations are being met, but the plants are not producing at full range and there is limited availability for spot.

In Romania, Oltchim continues to run its DOP facilities at reduced rates because of short availability of feedstock orthoxylene (OX).

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