INEOS Oxide restarts German EO/EG plant after unplanned outage

19 July 2013 08:50  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--INEOS Oxide is restarting its ethylene oxide (EO)/ethylene glycol (EG) site in Cologne, Germany, after an unplanned shutdown, a company source said on Friday.

"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.

By: Caroline Murray
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