Haldia delays cracker restart; PE/PP units seen up this week

07 July 2009 11:16  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--India’s Haldia Petrochemicals is likely to delay the restart of its 520,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker in the West Bengal state, but could bring its derivative polymer plants back on line by the end of this week, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

The cracker in Haldia was earlier expected to be restarted early this week.

Company officials were not immediately available for comment.

"The company is still assessing the damage suffered by the cracker following a minor fire at one of the seven furnaces at the cracker last week," the source said.

Repairs on the cracker could only be undertaken after the assessment is completed, the source said.

As a precautionary measure, the company had also shut down its downstream polymer plants, but they could be restarted using existing inventories of ethylene and propylene feedstocks, the source said.

The Haldia complex includes a 550,000 tonne/year polyethylene (PE) and a 211,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) facility.

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By: Prema Viswanathan
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