Repsol’s Tarragona PO/SM facility restarts, runs at full rate

Author: Heidi Finch


LONDON (ICIS news)--Repsol’s propylene oxide (PO)/styrene monomer (SM) facility at Tarragona in Spain is back online and running at full capacity despite the approaching Christmas holiday period, following the resolution of some mechanical issues, said a company source on Thursday.

The unit, which shut down unexpectedly on 30 November due to technical difficulties, was restarted over the weekend of 5-6 December as planned.

Even though some market players said that PO demand remained better than expected for the time of year, they said they had not seen any impact from the Repsol outage.

Output for PO derivatives at the Tarragona facility remained unclear. Last week, a company source had said that due to the PO outage, mono propylene glycol (PG) operating rates at the site were limited.

For both PG and polyols, company sources previously said that they did not expect any impact in December due to the lower demand requirements and the short, week-long duration of the shutdown.

The PO/SM unit at Tarragona produces 450,000 tonnes/year of styrene, around 200,000 tonnes/year of PO, 140,000 tonnes/year of polyols and 55,000 tonnes/year of PG.

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