US Huntsman's Port Neches EO plant to undergo turnaround

13 March 2014 21:33 Source:ICIS News

NEW YORK (ICIS)--Huntsman will be shutting down its ethylene oxide (EO) operations at the end of March for a planned turnaround at its Port Neches site in Texas, a company official said on Thursday.

The turnaround will last six weeks but is not expected to have impact on the merchant EO market, as Huntsman produces EO exclusively for captive use, the official said.

Huntsman’s turnaround is expected to have impact on all downstream EO derivatives, including ethylene glycol (EG), which will have a lower output because of the shutdown.

The company’s Port Neches plant has a capacity of 460,000 tonnes/year of EO and 255,000 tonnes/year of EG.

EO is largely used to make EG. The second-largest outlet is in surface active agents, including non-ionic alkylphenol ethoxylates and detergent alcohol ethoxylates.

EO producers in the US include BASF, Dow Chemical, Eastman Chemical, Formosa Plastics, Huntsman, Indorama Ventures, LyondellBasell and Shell Chemical.

By Feliza Mirasol