Malaysia’s BASF PETRONAS shuts oxo-alcohols unit in Kuantan

22 February 2013 09:19  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysia’s BASF PETRONAS Chemicals has shut its oxo-alcohol plants at Gebang industrial zone in Kuantan, Pahang during the week because of technical problems, market sources said on Friday.

The oxo-alcohols facility’s nameplate capacity stands at 240,000 tonne/year, according to market sources.

The producer is able to produce about 160,000 tonne/year of n-butanol (NBA) and 80,000 tonne/year of 2-ethylhexnaol (2-EH), they added.

“The outage is unexpected due to technical problems,” a source familiar with the matter said.

The company was initially expected to shut in end-March/April for its annual maintenance turnover of about three weeks, market sources said.

BASF PETRONAS was not immediately available for confirmation.

By: Samuel Wong

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