Clariant plans further Gendorf EO/MEG maintenance

Source: ICIS News


LONDON (ICIS news)--Clariant will implement a three week shut down in October at its Gendorf ethylene oxide (EO) and mono ethylene glycol (MEG) units in Germany, a company source said on Friday.

The maintenance work follows a recent two week shutdown at the same site, completed last week.

Nameplate capacity was reported at 220,000 tonnes/year for EO and 140,000 tonnes/year for MEG.

Both MEG and EO markets were due to see number of planned shutdowns in third and fourth quarters, which have already contributed to low stock levels at producers’ plants.

Expansion work at BASF’s cracker in Antwerp, Belgium was due underway from mid-August and will boost capacity by 280,000 tonnes/year to 1.08m tonnes/year.

EO and MEG production will continue at the site but at a limited level, and only contract supply will be possible.

The company said that EO volumes would be reduced to 60% during the stoppage.

BASF’s EO unit in Ludwigshafen, Germany, went down for scheduled maintenance from 29 June to 23 July.

INEOS Oxide was planning two weeks of maintenance at its EO/MEG unit in Antwerp, Belgium, in September.

Sasol’s EO plant at Marl, Germany, was shut for a six week turnaround.

A company source said that it was obliged to undergo such a stoppage every five years in order to comply with German safety regulations, adding that it would also change the catalyst at the 200,000 tonne/year plant.

(Shelley Kerr also contributed to this article)