Equistar restarts Texas cracker after feedstock change

19 February 2010 18:28  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Equistar Chemicals confirmed on Friday that its Corpus Christi cracker in Texas was up and running following a major turnaround that will now allow the unit to run mostly on lighter feedstocks.

The 771,000 tonne/year cracker restarted earlier this week, a company spokesperson said.

The unit was taken off line in mid-December.

The change in the feedslate in Corpus Christi is part of an ongoing trend in the US olefins industry, which now relies on NGLs for around 80% of its feeds.

The switch to lighter feeds is due to cost advantages of NGLs over heavier feedstocks, like naphtha and gas oil.

Equistar Chemicals is a subsidiary of LyondellBasell.

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By: William Lemos
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