Huntsman completes scheduled maintenance at PO/MTBE facility in Texas

Source: Huntsman Corporation

Huntsman Corporation (HUN) announced the successful completion of the turnaround and inspection of its propylene oxide/methyl tertiary butyl ether PO/MTBE facility in Port Neches, TX. This scheduled maintenance started in January 2010 and lasted approximately two months. The financial impact on the first quarter was in line with previous guidance of $30 - $35 million including unabsorbed fixed costs. 

On March 15, 2010 a separate unit in Port Neches, TX which provides raw materials for its Performance Products division suffered a mechanical shut down expected to last approximately two weeks. The financial impact is expected to be approximately $6 - $8 million as a result of increased raw material costs; however, Huntsman expects no disruption in its ability to provide downstream products to its customers. 

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman has approximately 11,000 employees and operates from multiple locations worldwide. The Company had 2009 revenues of approximately $8 billion.



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