18 January 1999 15:59 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--DSM plans to restart its No 3 polypropylene (PP) unit at Geleen, The Netherlands on 25 January, a spokesman told CNI Monday.
The unit - the largest of three which make up the 575 000 tonne/year plant - was shut down on 9 January following an explosion in an intermediary silo vessel. DSM declined to reveal the cause of the explosion.
The spokesman said once all three units are in operation the production rate will depend on market demand. Prior to the incident the plant was operating at 85% capacity.
DSM is currently operating the plant at 75% capacity by boosting the production rates of the two smaller units above their nameplate capacities. The No 3 unit is believed to have a capacity of around 225 000 tonne/year, with the two smaller units having a capacity of around 175 000 tonne/year each.
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