China’s Lanzhou PC shuts down cracker after C4 tank blast

08 January 2010 06:39  [Source: ICIS news]

 SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--China’s Lanzhou Petrochemical, a PetroChina subsidiary, has shut down its 240,000 tonne/year No 1 cracker following an explosion at its C4 tank, a source close to the company said on Friday.

“Since No 1 cracker is near the C4 tank, we decided to shut it down for safety. It was just a shutdown and not struck by the accident,” he said.

The No 1 cracker’s derivative units which include a 170,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit, a 60,000 tonne/year linear low density PE (LLDPE) and a 40,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit, were all shut down following the explosion, the source added.

Lanzhou Petrochemical was continuing normal operations at its other 460,000 tonnes/year cracker, which was in the Lanzhou area but not at the affected site, the source said.

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