13 March 2008 10:21 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Petkim’s cracker based in Aliaga, Turkey, unexpectedly shut down last Wednesday due to technical problems but the restart is anticipated next week, a company source confirmed on Thursday.?xml:namespace>
“We expect the cracker to be back up over the weekend or Monday at the latest,” the source explained.
Petkim also produces polyethylene (PE) at the Aliaga site and operating rates were reduced as a result of the cracker issue. There was little to no impact on the associated poly vinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing unit as it was on a planned shut down.
The outage at the 520,000 tonnes/year ethylene cracker was due to compressor problems according to the source, who added the company was also likely to bring forward planned maintenance at the facility which was due in April.
The cracker also has a nameplate capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year of propylene.
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