08 November 2012 09:53 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--INEOS Oxide is operating its ethylene oxide (EO) plant at Lavera, France, at minimum rates following a scheduled shutdown because of limited ethylene availability, a company source said on Thursday.
"It restarted at minimum rates…We are still on strict allocation because…ethylene availability is still very limited. We are living hand to mouth," the source said.
Reduced EO rates are affecting ethylene glycol (EO) availability.
"We have no [EG] inventory. We are fully sold out and are not active in the negotiated market," the source added.
The 220,000 tonne/year EO plant was shut down on 26 September following the restart of INEOS's EO/EG plant in Cologne, Germany, and restarted as planned on 1-2 November.
The INEOS, Total joint venture Naphtachimie cracker at Lavera has been undergoing planned maintenance since 23 September and there is thought to be a small delay.
The cracker has the capacity to produce 775,000 tonnes/year of ethylene.
The Cologne plant has a nameplate EG capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year and EO capacity of 285,000 tonnes/year, according to data from ICIS.
($1 = €0.78)
Nel Weddle contributed to this story
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