Poland's ZAK begins restart of oxo-alcohols, DOP plant

10 July 2013 16:51  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Polish chemicals producer Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn (ZAK) has begun the restart of its oxo-alcohols and dioctyl phthalate (DOP) plasticizer units following a planned turnaround, a company source said on Wednesday.

The source said it understood that the restart had been initiated, although it could not confirm whether the plant was producing on-spec material yet. The outage began on 23 June.

The Kedzierzyn-Kozle site has a nameplate capacity of 60,000 tonnes/year for DOP and a combined capacity of 205,000 tonnes/year for the oxo-alcohols n-butanol (NBA), isobutanol (IBA) and 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH).

The oxo-alcohols and DOP outages were not originally planned to coincide, but the company decided to hold the turnaround at its DOP unit at the same time, owing to bearish sentiment in the plasticizers market.

By: Samuel Weatherlake
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