US Eastman restarting Kingsport complex after power outage

05 June 2014 16:37 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical is in the process of restarting its complex in Kingsport, Tennessee after a widespread power outage caused a shutdown, the US-based acetyls producer said on Thursday.

The shutdown affected the entire Kingsport site, the company said. It did not specify how long the restart would last.

The outage caused no injuries or damage to the environment. As far as effects to business and finance, Eastman is still assessing the impact of the shutdown.

Eastman makes rubber additives, cellulosic polymers, polyesters and hydrocarbon resins as well as non-phthalate plasticizers.

It also makes polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and its Tritan brand copolyester.

The following lists the products that Eastman makes at Kingsport, according to the ICIS Plants and Projects database. Capacity is given in tonnes/year.

Product Capacity
Acetic acid 277,000
Acetic anhydride 815,000
Butyl acetate 70,000
Cellulose acetate 236,000
Cyclohexane dimethanol 64,000
Dimethyl terephthalate 250,000
Dioctyl phthalate 230,000
Ethyl acetate 25,770
Isophthalic acid 70,000
Methanol 215,420
Methyl isobutyl ketone 9,000
Propionic acid 50,000
Terephthalic acid 225,000

By Al Greenwood