Dow MDI Stade unit to run reduced for longer than expected

23 April 2013 14:57  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical’s methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) operations at Stade, Germany, are likely to continue to run at reduced rates for longer than expected because of extended upstream supply constraints, a company source said on Tuesday.

Dow Chemical’s German MDI plant, which has been running reduced since the fourth quarter of 2012, was previously due to return to normal operations in early May.

This was based on the expected completion of scheduled upstream plant maintenance at another site. This turnaround started in early April and was due to last for one month, added the company source.

However, since then, the restart of the upstream unit has been delayed, which will in turn also postpone the ramp-up of MDI operations at Stade.

Precise details, however, are not yet available about the duration of the delayed upstream plant restart and when the MDI unit is likely to resume normal output , but a clearer picture is expected to emerge at the end of the month, added the company source.

By: Heidi Finch
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