Swiss Clariant on schedule to restart German EO/EG unit in mid-October

04 October 2012 11:54  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Clariant is on schedule to restart its ethylene oxide (EO)/ethylene glycol (EG) plant in Gendorf, Germany in mid-October following planned maintenance, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

"[The plant] will be at normal [operating] levels on 14 October," the source from the Swiss specialty chemicals manufacturer said, adding that the restart process is due to begin four days earlier.

Maintenance began on 22 September. Nameplate capacities at the site total 240,000 tonnes/year of EO equivalents and 140,000 tonnes/year of EG.

Meanwhile, Swiss-headquartered INEOS Oxide shut down its 220,000 tonne/year EO unit in Lavera, France on 26 September for four to five weeks, while the upstream ethylene cracker at the same site goes down for 8 weeks of maintenance.

A restart on EO will depend on ethylene availability, which may be sourced from the market, a company source added.

($1 = €0.78)

By: Caroline Murray
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