Poland's ZAK shuts oxo-alcohols facilities after technical problems

16 March 2012 15:11  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn (ZAK) shut down its oxo-alcohols complex on Thursday because of technical problems, a source at the Polish chemicals producer said on Friday.

The facility, at Kedzierzyn-Kozle in southern Poland, has a nameplate capacity of 132,000 tonnes/year of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH), 36,000 tonnes/year of n-butanol (NBA) and 24,000 tonnes/year of isobutanol (IBA), according to a company source.

Production might restart next week, a company source said.

ZAK was already scheduled to shut down the oxo-alcohols facilities on 17 June for 40 days of maintenance.

Elsewhere, production rates at OXEA Group’s oxo-alcohols facilities in Oberhausen, Germany, have returned to normal levels after technical problems affected operations last week, a company source said on Friday.

The facilities include a 130,000 tonne/year NBA plant, a 10,000 tonne/year IBA plant and a 300,000 tonne/year 2-EH unit.

Looking ahead, French specialty chemical producer Arkema’s oxo-alcohols facility will be off line until 11 April for a five-yearly maintenance shutdown.

Arkema’s stocks of 2-EH are not as high as expected, and stocks remain low in the wider European market because of supply constraints and strong demand.

The company aims to meet the needs of regular customers during the maintenance period. However, additional requests might be declined.

Swedish producer Perstorp’s oxo-alcohols unit on Sweden’s west coast, which includes a 90,000 tonne/year NBA unit and a 120,000 tonne/year 2-EH unit, will shut down for four weeks of maintenance in September.

The company’s phthalic anhydride and plasticisers facilities will also be shut down for regular maintenance in August and September.

($1 = €0.76)

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