19 February 2010 09:50 [Source: ICIS news]
A trader said: "They (Shell) have requirements for end-February or beginning of March so the start up of the cracker may only take place around mid-March."
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However, other market players expected the producer to feed in naphtha for the cracker by early March.
Although company officials were unavailable for comment, Shell had earlier said the cracker could come on stream in the first quarter.
The start up of Shell's cracker was being closely watched by the market players as the firm could export more than 100,000 tonnes/year of ethylene after the start up, sources said.To discuss issues facing the chemical industry go to ICIS connect
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