BASF begins turnaround at Geismar, Louisiana EO unit

17 May 2013 20:52  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW YORK (ICIS)--BASF has begun a planned maintenance turnaround of its ethylene oxide (EO) unit, a BASF official confirmed on Friday.

The turnaround is expected to last for 20-30 days, the official said.

On 13 May, the unit had a minor release of EO into the atmosphere because of a steam failure caused by equipment problems. The facility remained operational and did not shut down during the incident.

BASF’s Geismar facility has an EO capacity of 220,000 tonnes/year.

Major US EO producers include BASF, Dow Chemical, Eastman Chemical, Formosa Plastics, Huntsman, Indorama Ventures, LyondellBasell and Shell Chemicals.

By: Feliza Mirasol
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