04 January 2010 11:22 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--BASF has restarted production at its cracker unit at Antwerp, Belgium, and has announced initial plans to restart a cracker at Ludwigshafen, Germany?xml:namespace>
The restart of the Antwerp cracker began on 2 January, according to BASF spokesman Gareth Rees.
A fire at the Antwerp cracker on the morning of 20 December 2009 was caused by a rupture in a pipe that supplies naphtha to the steam cracker pipe, Rees said. He added that the pipe was outside the cracker, which was a reason why the restart happened so quickly.
The company did not declare force majeure as a result of the incident, and there were no reported injuries.
In addition, Rees said that the company hoped to restart the smaller of its two steam crackers at
The smaller of the two Ludwigshafen crackers has the capacity to produce 220,000 tonnes/year of C2 and 140,000 tonnes/year of C3, according to the ICIS plants and projects database.
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