Shell extends repairs at Moerdijk cracker by three days

01 March 2010 16:32  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Shell Chemicals has extended the repair work that it is carrying out to correct a mechanical problem at its Moerdijk cracker in the Netherlands by three days, a company source said on Monday.

The problem, which had caused the cracker to run at reduced operating rates since early last week, was originally expected to take seven days to resolve.

The rate reduction led the company to declare force majeure on both ethylene (C2) and propylene (C3) supplies on 23 February. The company later declared force majeure on styrene as a result of the cracker issues.

The cracker has the capacity to produce 910,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and 500,000 tonnes/year of propylene, according to the ICIS plants and projects database.

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By: Nel Weddle
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