Spain's Novapet restarts specialty PET plant on time

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.

($1 = €0.77)

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