BASF back to normal rates on EO in Germany after delayed start-up

14 September 2012 10:04  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BASF is back to normal rates at its ethylene oxide (EO) plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, a few days later than planned, following a scheduled maintenance shutdown, a company source said on Friday.

"We restarted the plant with a small delay caused by technical hiccups. The plant is at normal rates again," the source said.

Contractual commitments to customers were not affected during the shutdown at the 345,000 tonne/year EO facility that began on 17 August.

The start-up date for the Ludwigshafen unit was originally planned for 7 September.

Earlier in September, the source said a small amount of the group's 25,000 tonne/year ethylene glycol (EG) capacity at Ludwigshafen was lost following the scheduled maintenance shutdown. However, BASF's 350,000 tonne/year EG unit in Antwerp, Belgium, had continued to run normally.

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