16 October 2013 12:32 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON(ICIS)--BASF’s methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanates (MDI) plant at Antwerp in Belgium is being slowed down due to a raw material shortage, a company source said Wednesday.
“We are facing MDI production problems in Antwerp and are running reduced due to raw material constraints at least until the end of this week,” the source said.
MDI output at Antwerp has been restricted since early August for technical reasons, including a complete shutdown that took place in the second half of September for a few weeks.
Earlier this month, The plant came back online, albeit at reduced rates, with plans to ramp up production before the raw material shortage.
Scheduled maintenance at the MDI Antwerp plant is being postponed again, until the second half of November.
It was originally planned to take place in September and then shifted to October, but this has been further delayed due to recent production constraints. The turnaround is expected to last a few weeks.
The source went on to say that BASF’s toluene di-isocyanate plant (TDI) plant in Schwarzheide, Germany has been shut down for maintenance until the end of the week.
The MDI plant has a nameplate capacity of 560,000 tonnes/year and is the largest MDI unit in Europe. The TDI plant has a nameplate capacity of 80,000 tonnes/year.
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