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The adiponitrile maker Butachimie successfully completed the maintenance that had started in end-September on its Chalampe site on 1 December. However, it will take some time to resume commercial production. The company has reported that it is carrying out the pre-commissioning works now and will restart the plant in mid-December. Butachimie will gradually ramp up production for the first several weeks after the launch.
Apart from the preventative maintenance and the inspection operations aimed at meeting the regulatory requirements, the company will also introduce the new technology provided by Invista. Compared to the existing technologies, it will allow Butachimie to reduce energy consumption, increase process reliability and decrease capital intensity. Invista and Solvay holding a 50% stake in the company each will invest over €250 million in this project known as Atlas.
Butachimie is one of the largest butadiene buyers in Europe, consuming around 30,000 t of the material monthly. It produces the key intermediates for Nylon 6.6, adiponitrile and hexamethylenediamine.
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