11 December 2012 02:25 [Source: ICIS news]
NEW DELHI (ICIS)--Egypt’s largest linear alkylbenzene (LAB) producer, Egypt LAB Co, plans to shut down its 100,000 tonne/year LAB plant at Alexandria in mid-December for maintenance, a source close to the company said late on Monday.
“The plant will restart on 1 January, 2013,” the source said.
The shutdown is expected to tighten supply of LAB in northern Africa and the Middle East, market sources said.
“Supply is already short because of the shortage of normal-paraffin feedstock,” one of the sources said.
Egypt’s total capacity of LAB is 155,000 tonnes/year, while local consumption is only 70,000 tonnes/year, resulting in exports of 85,000 tonnes/year.
LAB is used as an intermediate for the production of surfactants and detergents.
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