19 July 2013 08:50 [Source: ICIS news]
"We are starting up right now. Monday and Tuesday it should be on line again," 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 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 reconfirmed.
INEOS Oxide has the capacity to produce 250,000 tonnes/year of EO and 15,000 tonnes/year of MEG at Lavera.
The 420,000 tonne/year EO and 290,000 tonne/year MEG site in Antwerp, Belgium underwent a catalyst change earlier in the second quarter.
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 off line for six weeks from the middle of August to the end of 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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