Oxochimie oxo-alcohols production reduced on lack of propylene

28 August 2013 13:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Oxochimie has been forced to reduce production rates at its oxo-alcohols plant in Lavera, France, owing to a lack of feedstock propylene, a source at Arkema said on Wednesday.

Arkema is a joint venture partner in Oxochimie, along with INEOS Oxide. The Lavera complex has a nameplate capacity of 150,000 tonnes/year of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH), 150,000 tonnes/year of n-butanol (NBA) and 30,000 tonnes/year of isobutanol (IBA), according to ICIS data.

The Arkema source explained that Oxochimie has been experiencing some difficulties with propylene supplies in the past few days, and has had to reduce operating rates at the facility.

A buyer of 2-EH said that the market in southern Europe has tightened as a result, and this in turn has had some impact on availability in northern Europe.

A three-week turnaround is scheduled to be held in October at the Lavera oxo-alcohols plant to allow for a boiler change.

Author: Sam Weatherlake

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