Evonik gets permit to restart Germany CDT plant after explosion

04 December 2012 14:25  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Evonik has a received an operating permit to restart its cyclododecatriene (CDT) plant in Marl near Munster, Germany, eight months after a fatal explosion, the Germany-based specialty chemicals firm said on Tuesday.

The plant was extensively damaged in March's explosion, which cost the lives of two workers.

CDT is a feedstock for nylon 12 (or polyamide 12). The outage at Evonik caused shortages on nylon 12 markets.

Evonik said that the plant will be restarted this month.

“The first shipments of polyamide 12 made from the precursor material to be produced in the plant are scheduled to go out in January 2013,” the company added.

“The full product portfolio will be gradually re-established to restore the company’s full polyamide 12 capacity,” it said.

Evonik also said that according to an independent expert the cause of March’s explosion was “overdosage of a catalyst.”

Evonik has engaged an independent institute to set up additional safety measures for the restored CDT plant to rule out a recurrence of the incident, it said.


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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