Unigel restarts ACN plant in Mexico after technical issues

28 February 2014 22:06 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Unigel is restarting its acrylonitrile (ACN) plant in Mexico, a company source said on Friday, after the facility was shut on 12 February because of technical difficulties.

"The plant is starting up, we hope to have product under specs this weekend," the source said.

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 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