03 October 2012 15:19 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Russian ethanolamines producer Sintez has resumed production at its largest ethanolamines facility in Dzerzhinsk following ongoing technical problems associated to the availability of feedstock ethylene oxide (EO), a company source said on Wednesday.
Describing the production situation in Dzerzhinsk, the Sintez source said: “Right now we are able to get our EO supply at full rates and as of the middle of last week everything has been good."
“Both lines are now running at 100% capacity at least until the end of October,” the source added.
It was not yet clear what rates Sintez will run at after this time.
On 17 September, the company was forced to stop all production and its exports were “zero”.
The largest unit, which has the capacity to produce 25,000 tonnes/year of ethanolamines, has experienced intermittent production problems since it was in a planned outage in June this year.
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.Ethanolamines demand in September was steady and sources do not expect much change to the overall dynamics of the market in October.
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