08 October 2012 23:01 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Sasol has begun the restart of its acrylic acid (AA) plant in Sasolburg, South Africa, a company source confirmed on Monday.
The 80,000 tonne/year plant was taken down in late August for a planned 40-day catalyst change, which was completed as scheduled.
The US acrylic acid market is stable but soft, sources said, and Sasol built inventory ahead of the turnaround to ensure little or no market impact.
Sasol has no North American production of acrylates, but produces AA, butyl acrylate (butyl-A) and ethyl acrylate (ethyl-A) in Sasolburg, and imports the latter two products into North America.
During the maintenance outage, the butyl-A and ethyl-A esters plants were fed by stored AA inventory. Nameplate capacities for those esters at Sasolburg are 80,000 tonnes/year and 35,000 tonnes/year, respectively, the company said.
The current US acrylic acid contract range is $1.09-1.13/lb ($2,403-2,491/tonne, €1,850-1,918/tonne), as assessed by ICIS.
US acrylic acid suppliers also include Dow Chemical, Arkema and BASF.
($1 = €0.77)
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