18 January 2007 11:31 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--SABIC’s 350,000 tonne/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) swing plant at Gelsenkirchen, Germany, was still running at 70-75% rates, a company source said on Thursday.
This was due to continued furnace problems at the company’s Geleen cracker site in the ?xml:namespace>
The cracker, one of two operated by SABIC at its Netherlands site, has been running at reduced rates due to some furnace damage following a power outage on 5 December, which led to an ethylene (C2) and propylene (C3) force majeure declaration on 7 December.
No indication was given as to when force majeure might be lifted. PE is expected to resume full output several days after its lifting, the source added.
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