04 June 2008 03:52 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICISnews)—Sinopec’s subsidiary Maoming Petrochemical shut a cracker after a lightning strike caused a fire at the unit at around 7:00pm local time on Tuesday, a company source said.
“Two furnaces at No 2 cracker were on fire after a short circuit caused by a lightning strike yesterday,” the source said in Mandarin on Wednesday, adding that its 640,000/tonne No 2 cracker in ?xml:namespace>
The company’s 380,000tonne/year No 1 cracker, equipped with three furnaces, on the same site was not damaged and would restart “as soon as possible” today or tomorrow, he added. However, the No 2 cracker still needs time to repair.
All derivative polyolefin plants were shut following the fire.
They include a 370,000tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit, a 200,000tonne/year linear low density and high density PE (LLDPE/HDPE) swing plant, a 350,000tonne/year HDPE unit and a 470,000tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility.
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