Solvay France ADN restart on track for this week

24 June 2013 10:32  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)—Solvay’s adiponitrile (ADN) producing unit at Chalampe, France, is on track to proceed with its first run on 25 June, a company source said on Monday.

“Everything is on track for tomorrow, [we are] in the last testing phase,” the company source said.

The unit has the capacity to produce 468,000 tonnes/year of ADN, an intermediate for nylon production. Planned maintenance got under way around 20 May.

It consumes roughly 1,000 tonnes of butadiene (BD) feedstock a day. Given current soft market conditions, no doubt its BD suppliers will be relieved to see it back in operation, although the restart also coincides with expected maintenance completions at Versalis’ BD unit at Ravenna in Italy and at LyondellBasell’s unit at Wesseling in Germany.

Over the past four weeks, European export prices have fallen by around 32% and domestic spot prices by around a quarter. July contract price discussions are currently under way.

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