Spanish CEPSA Quimica delays phenol production start-up

21 March 2012 15:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Spain’s CEPSA Quimica has delayed the start-up of phenol line No 3 in Huelva until 23–24 March, following a catalyst change, a company source confirmed on Wednesday.

“We are starting [phenol production] slowly, and have postponed the start-up by a few days,” the source said.

The Huelva site was closed in February for the inspection of its flame stack, which takes place every decade.

During the inspection, CEPSA shut down both its phenol No 2 line (which has capacity to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 135,000 tonnes/year of acetone) and phenol No 3 line (which can produce 250,000 tonnes/year of phenol and 150,000 tonnes/year of acetone).

Line No 2 was closed for two weeks, with line No 3 down for four weeks for maintenance.

The company officially decommissioned the Huelva site’s phenol No 1 line early last year. The line had been idle since the end of 2008 because of the effects of global economic downturn.

CEPSA’s planned outage came at a precarious time for the phenol industry, as French Novapex’s Roussillon site was in force majeure (and currently remains in place).

In addition, Germany-based INEOS Phenol has been building inventories ahead of its planned turnaround at Gladbeck, which is due to start in mid-April.


By: Julia Meehan
+44 20 8652 3214



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