LONDON (ICIS)--Spain-based Industrias Quimicas del Oxido de Etileno (IQOXE) has reduced production at its ethylene oxide (EO) and mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) plant in Tarragona this week because of a shortage of raw material ethylene following a force majeure at Repsol’s cracker at the same site, a company source said Friday.
Repsol earlier this week declared force majeure on ethylene and butadiene (BD) supply because of a technical issue and subsequent unexpected shutdown of its cracker at Tarragona. IQOXE, a unit of CL Grupo Industrial, has consequently cut its production rates by 30%, the source said.
“We also plan to shut our plant down completely next week for about two days and this is because of the ethylene shortage,” the source said.
“We have not announced a force majeure because we are managing to run our plant with inventories.”
The Spanish plant can produce up to 140,000 tonne/year EO of which 80,000 tonne/year can be used to transform 106,000 tonne/year of MEG, according to the IQOXE website.