US Phillips 66 shuts PP plant maintenance: sources

10 October 2013 21:19  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Phillips 66 has shut down for maintenance its polypropylene (PP) plant at the Bayway refinery in Linden, New Jersey, market sources said on Thursday.

According to market sources, there is no current production at the PP unit because of a scheduled maintenance that had been intended for earlier this year but which likely started around late September or early October and which could last about a month.

“The plant is definitely shut down now,” one market source said.

Sources said that the maintenance along with difficulties in obtaining monomer could force the company to do product allocations for most of the rest of this year.

When asked about the shutdown, a company official did not deny the market source information but did confirm there was an ongoing maintenance without giving any detail.

“There is planned maintenance currently under way at the Bayway refinery. We don’t typically comment on the specific units involved or the duration of the work,” a company spokesman said. He did not comment on the alleged difficulties in getting monomer that could last a longer period.

The plant has a PP capacity of 350,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS data.

By: Renzo Pipoli
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