Arkema lifts force majeure on oxo-alcohols production in Lavera

06 July 2012 18:38  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--French producer Arkema lifted force majeure on oxo-alcohols production earlier this week at its joint-venture facility in Lavera, France, on the Mediterranean coast, a company source said on Friday.

The complex, which has a nameplate capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH), 150,000 tonnes/year of n-butanol (NBA) and 30,000 tonnes/year of isobutanol (IBA) is running at normal rates.

The force majeure was announced at the beginning of May, a few days after technical problems forced Oxochimie, a joint venture between Arkema and Switzerland-headquartered INEOS Oxide, to stop production at the site. The plant had recently come back on stream after a five-week, five-yearly maintenance shutdown.

INEOS Oxide was not available for comment.

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