16 June 2008 04:23 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Sinopec subsidiary Maoming Petrochemical has delayed the restart of its 640,000 tonne/year No 2 cracker in China’s Guangdong province to 19 June as repair works were still ongoing, a company source said on Monday.
"The repair is still ongoing so we have to postpone the restart to this week from last weekend," the source added.
The No 2 cracker has six furnaces, three of which were damaged in the lightning-induced fire on 3 June.
The cracker would run at 50% capacity if it resumes operations successfully on 19 June as the damaged furnaces would require around two to three months to repair, he said.
The company’s 380,000 tonne/year No 1 cracker and derivate units including the 120,000 tonne/year low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit, 200,000 tonne/year linear low density PE and high density PE (LLDPE/HDPE) plant and 170,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit were running normally at close to 100% operating rates, he added.
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