06 April 2012 18:59 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--A catalyst exchange at American Acryl’s acrylic acid plant in Bayport near ?xml:namespace>
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
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