Oxochimie restarts Lavera oxo-alcohols after unplanned outage

21 January 2014 11:56 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Oxochimie has restarted its oxo-alcohols plant in Lavera, France, following an unplanned shutdown at the site last week, a source at specialty chemicals producer Arkema confirmed on Tuesday.

The source said that a “normal restart” had taken place. The plant was brought down early last week owing to minor technical issues, and restart had been expected within a few days.

The Oxochimie complex in Lavera has a nameplate capacity of 160,000 tonnes/year of n-butanol (NBA), 120,000 tonnes/year of 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH), and 20,000 tonnes/year of isobutanol (IBA), according to ICIS data.

France-based Arkema is a joint venture partner in Oxochimie, along with Switzerland-headquartered INEOS Oxide.

By Samuel Weatherlake