Technical problems halt ethanolamines output by Russia’s Sintez

20 September 2012 10:50  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Russian ethanolamines producer Sintez has been forced to stop production on its largest unit in Dzerzhinsk because of ongoing technical problems related to feedstock availability, a company source confirmed on Thursday.

“As of Monday [17 September] we have stopped all production because of technical issues and our exports are zero,” the Sintez source said.

The unit has the capacity to produce 25,000 tonnes/year of ethanolamines and has experienced intermittent production problems since it was in a planned outage in June this year

On 1 August the company said 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). 

Sintez also has a smaller and older facility at the Dzerzhinsk site which has the capacity to produce 15,000 tonnes/year. This is been out of action since the summer.

The company hopes that their situation will improve in October.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Julia Meehan
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