BASF PETRONAS on track to restart 2-EH, DOP plants on 15 April

10 April 2014 13:01 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--BASF PETRONAS Chemicals is on track to restart its 2-ethylhexanol (2-EH) plant and dioctyl phthalate (DOP) plant in Kuantan at Pahang, Malaysia, on 15 April, following a scheduled turnaround, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

The 80,000 tonne/year 2-EH plant and 100,000 tonne/year DOP plant was shut on 1 April for annual maintenance, according to the source.

The source added that the company has not decided how high the plant’s operating rate will be after it is restarted.  

Several market participants said that the restart of the plant is unlikely to have any impact right now given that the market for these two products is still weak, despite the slight pick-up in demand for 2-EH from the previous month.

By Trixie Yap