Restart delayed at Dow Chemical’s German perchloroethylene unit

22 May 2013 10:44  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical’s perchloroethylene (perc) plant in Stade, Germany, remains down for unspecified reasons following a planned turnaround, a company source said late on Tuesday.

The maintenance turnaround, which began on 4 April, was scheduled to last five weeks, and was held in parallel with a shutdown at the associated chlor-alkali plant.

The company source said that the delay in restarting the plant “is putting us under pressure additionally on the supply side”. The producer had imposed order controls on customers ahead of the turnaround.

Dow’s Stade perc unit has a nameplate capacity of 100,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS data.

The company source had previously noted that maintenance will begin at Dow’s plant in Louisiana in June, which will necessitate exports from Europe to cover the lost output.

Perc is used in several applications, the principal ones being dry-cleaning and metal-cleaning. European producers include Dow, Solvay, Anwil and Spolchemie.

By: Samuel Weatherlake
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