07 January 2000 15:03 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--BP Amoco said Friday that its G4 ethylene cracker at Grangemouth, Scotland would not be restarted this week as previously planned and would instead be brought back up starting 10-11 January.
A spokesman for BP Amoco said the restart of the 300 000 tonne/year cracker has been delayed to next week to phase in the start-up with other operational needs at the petrochemicals/refinery complex. He added that the company also put back the G4 restart to minimise the impact of flaring in the local community.
The spokesman said the extra three to four days in restarting G4 was not caused by any technical problems.
BP Amoco's G4 cracker has been shutdown since 29 December when water treatment problems in the Grangemouth complex forced the company to reduce the number of units it had operating. On Wednesday, the company said it hoped to restart G4 by today.
The larger, KG cracker - which has a capacity of 450 000 tonne/year and is being expanded - has been kept in operation during the water supply problems. BP Amoco is still looking into the operational problems which affected the site's water treatment units.
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