US’ Eastman raises 2-EH unit ops to 70% amid ongoing technical woes

16 May 2014 10:17  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--US-based Eastman Chemicals has ramped up the production of its 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) plant at Jurong Island in Singapore to 70% despite ongoing production difficulties since the previous week, a company source said on Friday.

The plant, which was restarted on 30 April after an annual turnaround, had been operating at 50% in the past week because of production issues, the source said.

“The issue is still there and the company thinks that it will take a month or so before the problem is fully solved because we need to ramp up each component of the plant separately,” the source said.

It typically produces around 55,000 tonnes/year of 2-EH and 55,000 tonnes/year of n-butanol (NBA), the source said, adding that the run rate of the NBA plant is at 100% currently.

The source said that the company will most likely have fewer spot cargoes in the market for June.

Market participants said that this situation could lead to a slightly lower spot supply of 2-EH in the southeast Asia and India region for June, but they cannot confirm if this would have an upside pressure on prices in the long term.

By: Trixie Yap

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