Russia's Sintez cuts ethanolamines output on feedstock issue

15 August 2012 12:33  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Russian ethanolamines producer Sintez has been forced to cut production rates due to feedstock problems, despite a successful restart of the larger of its two units at Dzerzhinsk, a company source said on Wednesday.

Sintez was in a planned outage at the largest unit since the middle of June and had been due to come back on-stream on 16 July, but this was delayed because of technical issues.

On 1 August the company confirmed that all problems had been solved and it was in the process of restarting. However, after running at full rates for “a couple of days”, production was cut back because of problems with the supply of feedstock ethylene oxide (EO).

“The maintenance finished, then one unit had technical issues with the cooling system. This was successfully solved then after a couple of days of getting back to full rates we got information from our EO supplier that they have problems,” the company source said.

Because of feedstock problems, ethanolamines production at Dzerzhinsk has been reduced by 40-50%.

No time estimate was given as to when the units and the supply of EO would return to normal.

Total ethanolamines capacity at the site is 40,000 tonnes/year.

The larger unit, built in 2001, has the capacity to produce 25,000 tonnes/year of ethanolamines, while its second facility, which dates back to 1948, has a production capacity of 15,000 tonnes/year.

($1 = €0.81)

By: Julia Meehan
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