30 July 2012 21:33 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--DuPont’s vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant in LaPorte, Texas has shut down for a few weeks of planned maintenance, the company said on Monday.
DuPont spokesman David Hastings would not say when maintenance began at the 335,000 tonne/year unit in LaPorte or how long it would last.
A source said maintenance began in mid-July and would last for another 10 days.
Last year, the plant went down for 2-3 weeks of scheduled maintenance in late August. There are five US VAM plants, all located in the Houston, Texas, metropolitan area.
Sources said the DuPont VAM unit is not in a bind yet for acetic acid because of the turnaround and that BP is not the only supplier of the feedstock.
Sources said spot VAM prices rose $45/tonne in the past week, averaging $845/tonne (€684/tonne), in response to the BP force majeure on acetic acid and a proposed August increase issued last week by LyondellBasell. Spot VAM prices previously averaged $800/tonne, according to ICIS.
Major US VAM producers include DuPont, Dow Chemical, Celanese and LyondellBasell.
($1 = €0.81)
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