16 December 2009 19:15 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Equistar Chemicals is beginning the shutdown of its Corpus Christi cracker in Texas, the company said on Wednesday, kicking off a major turnaround that will allow the unit to run mostly on lighter feedstocks next year.
The turnaround is expected to last through the end of February, an Equistar spokesperson said.
The unit has 771,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity.
The change in Corpus Christi is part of an ongoing trend in the US olefins industry, which now relies on NGLs for around 75% of its feeds.
That trend is usually cited as a reason for increased US ethylene output to the detriment of propylene and particularly crude C4, from which butadiene (BD) is extracted.
Equistar in August announced it would idle its BD unit in Corpus Christi as a result of the planned feedstock change on the cracker side.
The BD plant was taken off line in mid-November.
For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.
Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.
|ICIS news FREE TRIAL|
|Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index|
Asian Chemical Connections