NewsFlashTotal plans shutdown at French cracker

24 October 2008 15:14  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Total Petrochemicals will temporarily shut down production at its No.2 cracker at Carling, France, because of weak demand, high stock levels and ever-decreasing spot prices, a company source said on Friday.


The cracker, the smaller of the two lines, was already expected to close permanently in January 2009 as part of a restructuring plan. It was due to be down between mid-November and mid-December, according to a report by French news agency AFP. Associated polyethylene production will also be affected.


There are two lines at the Carling cracker which in total produce 570,000 tonnes ethylene and 130,000 tonnes/year propylene.


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By: Nel Weddle
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