American Acryl’s Texas acrylics plant restart imminent - sources

06 April 2012 18:59  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A catalyst exchange at American Acryl’s acrylic acid plant in Bayport near Houston was expected to be complete early in the second week of April and producing commercial volumes by the end of the month, buy-side sources said on Friday.

Arkema, which operates the plant as a 50/50 joint venture with Nippon Shokubai subsidiary NA industries, would not confirm the restart date, but several buyers corroborated the information.

The maintenance project began at the beginning of March.

A second project at the site – this one by Arkema – is also expected to be completed on a similar schedule. It was a conversion of Arkema's Bayport butyl acrylate (butyl-A) unit to a 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (2-EHA) facility.

US acrylic acid contracts for March are $1.24-1.29/lb ($2,734-2,844/tonne, €2,105-2,190/tonne), as assessed by ICIS.

US acrylates producers include Dow Chemical, BASF and Arkema.

($1 = €0.77)

For more on acrylates, visit the ICIS Plants & Projects database

By: Larry Terry
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