BP plans to resume Cochin ethylene shipments

05 September 2006 20:03  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--BP said on Tuesday it plans eventually to resume ethylene shipments through the Cochin pipeline system to Ontario’s petrochemicals hub in Sarnia after 2007 “if there is a market for it.”


“No decision has been made never to resume [Cochin] ethylene shipments,” Gordon Borbridge, a Calgary, Alberta-based BP official told ICIS news.


Asked when the ethylene shipments will resume, Borbridge said it would not be before the autumn of 2007, adding: “We have a lot of work to do on the pipeline.... But we still have a tariff [for ethylene] with Canada’s National Energy Board and the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.”


Borbridge was responding to questions regarding Dow Chemical’s announcement last week to close all its manufacturing facilities in Sarnia by 2008 due to the lack of feedstock following the suspension of ethylene shipments through the Cochin pipeline.


BP, which operates the pipeline via two subsidiaries, earlier this year suspended ethylene shipments citing an incident of stress corrosion cracking. The 1,900-mile, 12-inch-diameter Cochin pipeline moves petrochemicals from Alberta, through the US Upper Midwest, into Ontario. The line is continuing to transport other petroleum products with a lower vapour pressure than ethylene.


Borbridge would not comment on how much it would cost to upgrade the Cochin pipeline before it can resume ethylene shipments.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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