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Celanese/Mitsui methanol plant in Texas fully operational after Harvey

October 09/2017

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The 1.3 million mt/year Celanese/Mitsui methanol plant in Clear Lake, Texas, has successfully restarted following its shutdown August 26 amid a process trip associated with Hurricane Harvey, as per Apic-online with reference to the company's statement.

"Celanese has a standard practice of not commenting on the operational status of its global manufacturing facilities," spokesman Travis Jacobsen said. "However, given the extenuating circumstances resulting from Hurricane Harvey, yes, I can confirm that Celanese has restarted its methanol unit at its Clear Lake, Texas, facility."

The methanol facility in Clear Lake shut down after a process trip during heavy rainfall, the company said August 27 in a filing with state regulators. The shutdown also affected all downstream acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer units at the site, sources said.

"Startup will be executed following standard operating procedures to minimize flare emissions," the company said in its August 27 filing. "Based on information from previous startups, a methanol unit startup can take up to 10 days."

Market participants had started to suggest the Clear Lake facility may have come back online as late as last week, sources said. Company comment was not available at that time.

As MRC informed before, Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, has increased list and off-list selling prices for Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) in the Americas. The price increases below was effective October 1, 2017 or as contracts otherwise allow. Thus, VAM prices were raised, as follows:

     - by USD200/mt - for South America;
     - by USD0.12/lb - for USA and Canada.

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Based in Dallas, Celanese employs approximately 7,300 employees worldwide and had 2016 net sales of USD5.4 billion.

Mitsui Chemicals is a leading manufacturer and supplier of value added specialty chemicals, plastics and materials for the automotive, healthcare, packaging, agricultural, building, and semiconductor and electronics markets. Mitsui Chemicals is a Japanese Chemicals company, a part of the Mitsui conglomerate. The company has a turnover of around 15 billion USD and has business interests in Japan, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the USA. The company mainly deals in performance materials, petro and basic chemicals and functional polymeric materials.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:North America, South America, vinilacetat, EVA, Celanese, Mitsui, USA.
Category:General News
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