25 April 2013 14:58 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Spain-based Novapet completed the changes necessary for a more specialty-focused output at one of its three polyethylene terephthalate (PET) lines in Barbastro on time, a company source said on Thursday.
"We are on schedule. Raw materials are going in this week. The reactor process will take place over the weekend and we should have on-spec material for the market on 2-3 May," the source said.
The restart process began on 19 April and the plant is scheduled to run at 70%.
The 100,000 tonne/year Plant 2 line, which used to produce mainly commodity PET, went down on 1 March.
The company's 30,000 tonne/year Plant 1 and 130,000 tonne/year Plant 3 are running at full rates.
This is due to continue until the end of June, when output at Plant 1, the smaller specialty line, will fall to 40%.
In the summer, once Plant 2 is up to producing certain grades, the migration of Plants 1 and 2 will get under way.
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