Arkema begins restart of French PA and DOP units

13 August 2013 15:16  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Arkema has restarted one of the reactors at its phthalic anhydride (PA) unit in Chauny, France, following a planned shutdown, a company source said on Tuesday.

The source said that the smaller of two reactors restarted over the weekend, with the other currently in the process of being restarted.

Once the PA unit is operating normally, the producer will begin to restart its dioctyl phthalate (DOP) plant, the source said.

There are sufficient inventories of DOP available to meet contractual requirements even in the event of a short delay, the source noted.

The combined turnaround began on 29 July, with restart scheduled for this week.

Headquartered in France, Arkema’s nameplate capacity for PA at Chauny is 90,000 tonnes/year, while its DOP capacity at the site is 70,000 tonnes/year.

By: Samuel Weatherlake
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