19 March 2008 11:11 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--INEOS Polyolefins is running its polyethylene (PE) line at Dormagen near Cologne in Germany normally despite a fire at the site on Monday which reduced cracker rates to 60-80%, a company source said on Wednesday.
INEOS has two PE units at the site, producing linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE).
The LLDPE plant has a capacity of 230,000 tonnes/year, while the LDPE lines produce 400,000 tonnes/year.
One of the two LDPE lines had only just come back on line after suffering technical problems for several weeks.
The cracker has an ethylene capacity of 600,000 tonnes/year.
PE prices were largely steady in March, with some limited erosion of around €10/tonne ($16/tonne) on LDPE, to the mid-€1,300s/tonne FD (free delivered ) NWE (northwest ?xml:namespace>
Demand was not as strong as it had been, however, and the market generally expected some easing in the weeks to come, in spite of record high oil prices.
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