NPRA '10: Eastman plans to keep small Texas cracker running

30 March 2010 19:10  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS news)--Eastman Chemical plans to keep running its smaller Longview cracker in Texas that was once expected to be taken off line, a company official said on Tuesday, citing strong ethylene margins in the US.

“We will run the unit as long as it is economical to do so,” the official said on the sidelines of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Eastman operates two crackers in Longview, one with 358,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity and another at 141,000 tonnes/year.

The company has a second unit at the site with 141,000 tonnes/year of capacity, but that cracker has been off line since November 2008.

Eastman experienced a four-week outage in Longview after a power failure on 20 February forced the shutdown of both its crackers.

The units resumed operations on 19-20 March, the official said.

The NPRA’s International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) runs through Tuesday.

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By: William Lemos
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