Malaysia's BASF PETRONAS runs oxo-alcohols unit at 100%

25 February 2013 09:13  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysia’s BASF PETRONAS Chemicals is currently operating its oxo-alcohol plants at Gebang industrial zone in Kuantan, Pahang, at full capacity after a brief shutdown on technical problems last week, a company spokesperson said on Monday.

The company plans to shut its integrated facility from late March to April, the source said.

“The shutdown will be done on a step-by-step basis,” he added.

The maintenance schedule includes the company’s oxo-alcohols facility with a nameplate capacity at 240,000 tonne/year, which is able to produce about 160,000 tonne/year of n-butanol (NBA) and 80,000 tonne/year of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH).

The company also operates a 160,000 tonne/year crude acrylic acid unit, 75,000 tonnes/year of glacial acrylic acid, 100,000 tonnes/year of butyl acrylate (butyl-A) and 60,000 tonnes/year of 2-ethyhexyl acrlyate (2EH-A).

“We have already been building up inventory levels ahead of the schedule, allocating sales order accordingly to fulfil contract needs,” the source added.

By: Samuel Wong

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