France's Oxochimie restarts oxo-alcohols facility in Lavera, France

25 April 2012 17:59  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Oxochimie, a joint venture between France-based Arkema and Switzerland-headquartered INEOS Oxide, has restarted its oxo-alcohols facility in Lavera, France, on the Mediterranean coast, a company source said on Wednesday.

The company is trying to bring production back to normal levels, but supply will remain restricted until inventories are built, the source said.

The oxo-alcohols facility, which has a capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH), 150,000 tonnes/year of n-butanol and 30,000 tonnes/year of isobutanol, was expected to restart production between 10-12 April, after a five-week, five-yearly maintenance shutdown.

However, a technical incident during the restarting process forced the company to postpone operations for about 12 days.

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