Solvay’s French ADN turnaround may hit BD supply/demand balance

17 May 2013 13:28  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Solvay’s adiponitrile (ADN) producing unit at Chalampe in France is currently ramping down ahead of planned maintenance, a company source said on Friday.

“It’s on its way [to closing], it will be definitely down on Monday [20 May],” the source said.

The unit has the capacity to produce 468,000 tonnes/year of ADN, an intermediate for nylon production.

Given that it consumes roughly 1,000 tonnes of butadiene (BD) feedstock a day, this shutdown has the potential to have a significant impact on the European BD supply and demand balance.

Market views on whether there will be much of an impact vary depending on the source. While some said that suppliers will have made ample provision and prepared for the shutdown, many have said that they will not have considered the already soft demand conditions which have been a feature for most of the year.

Others said that ongoing supply constraints from planned and unplanned issues at both the BD extraction and cracker level would help mitigate the impact and therefore, they said, the net impact would be zero.

($1 = €0.78)

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