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Indorama Texas MEG returns to full rates

October 14/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Indorama Ventures' ethylene oxide/monoethylene glycol operation in Clear Lake, Texas, has resumed full rates after a September fire at another company's facility interrupted the provision of utility services, reported S&P Global with reference to a source familiar with company operations.

"The fire was not in the EO/EG unit and did no damage to our plant," the source said in an email late Thursday. "We are currently at full operating rates."

The September 21 fire damaged a carbon monoxide unit at Celanese's Clear Lake complex, prompting a shutdown of the company's 1.7 million mt/year fairway methanol unit as well as 300,000 mt/year vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) and 1.3 million mt/year acetic acid units. Celanese announced earlier this week the methanol unit had restarted, and the company aimed to restart the VAM and AA units in October.

The fire's interruption of utility service affected Indorama's nearby Clear Lake facility, temporarily disrupting output until such service was restored at the Celanese complex. An Indorama spokesman was not immediately available for comment Friday.

The cause of the Celanese fire is under investigation, and no injuries were reported.

MEG is one of the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, New Polymers Senege, one of the Russian producers of PET chips, shut production at its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant for scheduled maintenance on 1 October. The plant's source said the shutdown would last for about one month. The exact date of the completion of the turnaround was not disclosed.

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, listed in Thailand, is one of the world's leading petrochemicals producers, a global manufacturing footprint with 59 sites in 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The company's portfolio is comprises necessities and high value-added (HVA) categories of polymers, fibers, and packaging. Indorama Ventures has approx. 19,000 employees worldwide and consolidated revenue of USD 10.7 billion in 2018. The company is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:vinilacetat, EVA, monoethylene glycol (MEG), PET-granulate, packaging, Celanese, Indorama Ventures PLC, Senege, Russia, USA.
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