DuPont Texas VAM plant has problems after turnaround – sources

16 April 2013 23:10  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--DuPont’s US vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) plant in Texas is not taking new orders for material because of problems that developed following a recent turnaround, sources said on Tuesday.

A DuPont spokesman would not comment, but a buyer said the latest incident occurred following a maintenance turnaround at the 335,000 tonne/year LaPorte plant in March.

The buyer said unspecified problems had occurred since restarting the plant, but it was unclear whether the plant had been shut down as a result of the latest incident.

DuPont expects to restart the unit this week and is filling orders already placed, but the producer is not accepting any new VAM orders, said a source close to the plant.

DuPont expected the unit to be running normally “very shortly”, the source added.

US VAM free on board (FOB) export prices remained stable this week, assessed by ICIS at $1,000-1,100/tonne (€770-847/tonne).

($1 = €0.77)

By: Lane Kelley
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