Dow shuts down Texas cracker for maintenance

06 February 2009 15:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical has begun a 16-day turnaround at its Freeport LHC-8 cracker in Texas, the company said on Friday.

The 998,000 tonne/year unit was shut down on Thursday and is expected to be restarted on 21 February, a company spokesperson said.

Dow had originally announced the shut down in Freeport on 29 January in a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

However, the spokesperson said the stoppage was delayed until 5 February.

Dow has a second cracker in Freeport, LHC-7, with ethylene capacity for 612,000 tonnes/year. That unit remained operational.

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