25 June 2013 17:59 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Reduced rates at Dow Chemical’s methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) operations at Stade, Germany, are likely be extended until August because of ongoing upstream supply constraints, a company source said on Tuesday.
Previous reports indicated that the MDI unit at Stade would remain at restricted operating rates until June because of ongoing feedstock supply difficulties, but the timeframe has been extended in line with forthcoming upstream maintenance plans.
Additional maintenance work is due to be carried out at the company’s upstream plant at another site, which feeds the MDI Stade facility. This upstream maintenance work is expected to resolve the ongoing usptream supply issues and allow for the MDI plant at Stade to return to normal operations.
The Stade MDI plant has been running at reduced output since the fourth quarter of 2012 because of ongoing feedstock supply limitations.
The company’s upstream facility had undergone planned maintenance in April. Despite this, some upsteam problems have continued to persist and the MDI Stade unit has been forced to remain reduced as a result.
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