Unigel ACN plant in Mexico expected to restart early next week

20 February 2014 17:09 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Unigel's acrylonitrile (ACN) plant in Mexico, shut down since 12 February due to technical issues, is expected to restart early next week, a source at the company said on Thursday.

The 60,000 tonne/year ACN facility at the Morelos Petrochemical Complex in Veracruz is a joint effort between Unigel and Pemex Petroquimica.

ACN supply in North America has already been tight in the recent months, as INEOS Nitriles has reduced production through the first quarter by 50% of capacity at its 545,000 tonne/year facility in Green Lake, Texas.

Additionally, Ascend Performance Materials is performing maintenance in February and March on two of its 140,000 tonne/year units at its Chocolate Bayou facility in Texas.

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By Tracy Dang