Dow Terneuzen 2 cracker back up but needs repairs

14 January 2008 11:53  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical restarted its Terneuzen No 2 cracker in the Netherlands at the weekend after an unplanned outage, but was not yet running the unit at full rates, confirmed a company source on Monday.

Two furnaces still needed repair work, after the cracker went down on 9 January due to a power failure, the source said.

It was not clear how long this work would take at the 575,000 tonne/year unit, one of three crackers operated by Dow at the site.

The No 2 cracker will go down for planned maintenance between 20 March and 26 April.

Supply of ethylene and propylene has looked long in parts of Europe in January, with most crackers running well and little demand for additional spot material.

By: Edward Cox
+44 20 8652 3214

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