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Ineos nears restart of phenol plant in Gladbeck, Germany

December 09/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The Ineos-operated 660,000-metric tons/year phenol-acetone plant in Gladbeck, Germany, will restart by 10 December following planned maintenance, reported Chemweek with reference to sources.

The producer shut the plant down for maintenance on 27 October until 6 December, according to the producers website. They have not restarted yet, they should come back in 2-3 days, says one source. They are starting up right now and expect to be back online next week if all goes to plan, the source said on 4 December. Ineos Phenol did not reply to a request on Monday seeking confirmation of the restart date.

Ineos produces 409,000 metric tons/year of acetone at the Gladbeck site, according to IHS Markit data.

As MRC wrote previously, INEOS Phenol broke ground at its world scale cumene investment in Marl, Germany, in October 2019. The new state-of-the-art 750 000 t unit is scheduled to be completed in 2021. Its location will help optimise the efficiency of the plant by integrating raw materials from the refinery and cracker complex. The site also benefits from the Marl harbour waterway connection.

Phenol is derived from benzene and largely used to produce bisphenol A (BPA), used in the manufacture of plastics such as polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resins. It is also used in the production of phenolic resins for the construction industry.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall consumption of PC granules (excluding imports and exports to/from Belarus) rose in January-October 2020 by 21% year on year to 79,500 tonnes  (65,600 tonnes a year earlier).

Ineos Group Limited is a privately owned multinational chemicals company consisting of 15 standalone business units, headquartered in Rolle, Switzerland and with its registered office in Lyndhurst, United Kingdom. It is the fourth largest chemicals company in the world measured by revenues (after BASF, Dow Chemical and LyondellBasell) and the largest privately owned company in the United Kingdom.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:bisphenol a, PC, acetone, benzene, phenol, sheet extrusion, adhesives, construction, Ineos, Germany, Russia.
Category:General News
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