09 July 2013 17:47 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical's methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) facility in Stade, Germany, is unlikely to return to normal output until mid-September, in view of the latest scheduling for its upstream plant maintenance, a company source said on Tuesday.
The MDI Stade facility, which has run at reduced rates since the fourth quarter in 2012, has been due to return to normal output a few times this year but has not done so because of ongoing feedstock constraints.
Previous reports had suggested the plant was likely to run at reduced operating rates until August to coincide with the completion of additional maintenance at Dow’s upstream plant in Boehlen, also in Germany, which feeds the Stade facility.
However, the upstream maintenance is now due to take place near the end of August and last for around a few weeks, which will prevent the MDI unit ramping up rates until mid-September.
Output at the MDI plant was due to normalise back in April 2013 - in line with maintenance which was carried out at the upstream facility. However, ongoing feedstock constraints persisted and the MDI facility was not able to ramp up and this has continued through May, June and now July and August as well.
In the second half of September, Dow Chemical’s other European MDI unit in Estarreja, Portugal, will undergo a planned turnaround, which is due to last for around one month.
The company declined to comment on its European MDI nameplate capacities.
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