Midland, Michigan - Dow Chemical Co. is carrying out a routine maintenance turnaround at its propylene oxide (PO) plant in Freeport, Texas. The scheduled 2-3 week turnaround began 27 March 2008, and will involve equipment inspections and, if necessary, repairs and replacements, said Dow.
"The maintenance work performed during this turnaround will enable a consistent and reliable source of PO from Dow in the long term," commented John Smith, product marketing director for the Dow PO/Propylene Glycol (PO/PG) business, in a Dow statement. "While periodic turnarounds are anticipated in the industry, they put additional pressure on an already tight supply. Dow has been working with our PO customers to minimise the potential for disruption."
PO is an intermediate in making polyether polyols for polyurethane production, as well as glycol ethers, surfactants and other chemical intermediates, and propylene glycol (PG).
Dow commented that, based on publicly available data, it anticipates that global demand for PO will grow at 3 to 4 percent a year through 2010, in line with world growth in gross domestic product.
Dow said it is the world's largest producer of PO and PG, with a global annual capacity of around 1.9 million tonnes for PO and more than 453 kilotonnes for PG.