30 December 2009 15:17 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--BASF’s steam cracker in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which shut on 23 December due to a fire will remain down until the end of January or early February, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday.
“The fire was caused by a malfunction of a component which led to the release of a crack gas petroleum mixture in a waste water duct,” the spokesperson for the chemical giant said.
“We hope to have the cracker running again by the end of January or early February. The repair schedule is under development and there are no implications for any petrochemicals at the moment,” they added.
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The cracker has the capacity to produce 220,000 tonnes/year of ethylene (C2) and 140,000 tonnes/year of propylene (C3), according to data from global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing.
The previous week, INEOS declared force majeure on C2 and C3 supplies from its site at
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