BASF MDI Antwerp output remains reduced, maintenance due in H2 Nov

19 November 2013 17:07  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BASF’s methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) plant at Antwerp in Belgium continues to run at reduced operating rates, largely for feedstock related reasons, and is due to undergo planned maintenance work in the second half of November, said a company source on Tuesday.

A precise timeframe for the work was not specified, although previous reports suggested it would be a brief turnaround.

MDI output at Antwerp has been impacted by feedstock limitations since mid-October.

Prior to this, operating rates at the  MDI unit had been affected by technical constraints, which had resulted in some downtime in September, although that was rectified in early October.

The MDI facility has a nameplate capacity of 560,000 tonnes/year.

In other news, BASF's TDI facility at Schwarzeheide, in Germany is back online, following an unplanned turnaround which took place last week. Further details on reasons for the outage were not disclosed.

By: Heidi Finch
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