20 September 2012 12:11 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Thailand-based Indorama Ventures is on track to start up its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) expansion in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in October, and has shut down its UK PET plant for maintenance, a company source said on Thursday.
"The [Rotterdam] plant is starting up next month and we expect it to be fully commissioned by the end of October," the source said.
The brownfield, 200,000 tonne/year expansion was originally scheduled to start up in July.
The additional tonnes will bring the total nameplate capacity to 390,000 tonnes/year.
Indorama's 155,000 tonne/year PET site in Workington, the UK, went down as planned at the beginning of the week for three weeks of maintenance. It is due back up in early October, the source added.
Indorama's Polish and Lithuanian plants are scheduled for maintenance shutdowns in the second quarter of 2013.
The 140,000 tonne/year PET plant in Wloclawek, Poland, and the 198,000 tonne/year plant in Klaipeda, Lithuania, were both originally due to stop for turnarounds in September/October.
Meanwhile, Spain's Novapet is due to close its 130,000 tonne/year PET line in Barbastro on 27 September for 41 days of maintenance.
Novapet has three lines at Barbastro, with a total capacity of 260,000 tonnes/year.
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