INEOS Oxide Cologne EO/EG plant shut down for inspection

05 July 2013 09:39  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--INEOS Oxide has shut down its ethylene oxide (EO)/ethylene glycol (EG) site in Cologne, Germany for an unplanned two or three-week inspection, a company source said on Friday.

"Our Cologne plant is in a shutdown for inspection. We took it down last week. We were watching what we needed to do and decided at short notice it needs to be inspected," the source said.

INEOS Oxide's Cologne site has the capacity to produce 150,000 tonnes/year of monoethylene glycol (MEG) and 285,000 tonnes/year of EO, according to ICIS data.

The group's 420,000 tonne/year EO and 290,000 tonne/year MEG site in Antwerp, Belgium underwent a catalyst change earlier in the second quarter.

"Antwerp came out of a shutdown a couple of weeks ago. We are still very short. We manage our inventories," the source added. Customers have not been affected.

The company’s EO/EG plant at Lavera in France was due to have a catalyst change in June/July, but this has been postponed to October, the source confirmed.

INEOS Oxide has the capacity to produce 250,000 tonnes/year of EO and 15,000 tonnes/year of MEG at Lavera.

Despite recent and forthcoming shutdowns at INEOS Oxide and other European sites, the European EG/EO market is balanced.

Meanwhile, global chemical producer Sasol is planning a six-week mandatory shutdown at its EO/EG site in Marl, Germany from 6 September to 18 October.

Sasol’s site at Marl has the capacity to produce 215,000 tonnes/year of EO and 15,000 tonnes/year of by-product EG.

Germany-headquartered BASF is scheduled to go offline for six weeks in August/September at its 345,000 tonne/year EO and 25,000 tonne/year EG site in Ludwigshafen.

European EO/EG producers include Shell, INEOS Oxide, BASF, Clariant, Sasol, Dow Chemical, IQA, PKN Orlen and AkzoNobel.

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By: Caroline Murray
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