US Dow Chemical restarts Louisiana cracker

10 March 2010 15:33  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical said on Wednesday it has restarted its St Charles olefins plant in Louisiana, which had been off line since the last week of February.

The 610,000 tonne/year unit was shut down on 23 February due to a site-wide electrical malfunction, according to a spokesperson.

“The plant came up over the weekend,” the official said.

The latest shutdown - one of many in the US in recent weeks - was the second for the St Charles cracker in less than a month.

The unit also had an unplanned outage at the end of January and was off line for about one week.

Other outages in the US include Shell's 626,000 tonne/year GO-1 Norco cracker in Louisiana, which was shut down in the week ended 19 February for maintenance.

Chevron Phillips Chemicals experienced an unplanned outage at one of its units in Sweeny, while Eastman has both its crackers in Longview down as the result of a power outage at the site.

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By: William Lemos
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