Iran’s Arya Sasol delays cracker shutdown due to tight supply

17 June 2010 09:07  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Iran’s Arya Sasol Petrochemical Co has delayed machinery checks at its 1m tonne/year cracker in Assaluyeh to late June due to tight ethylene supply within the country, a source close to the company said on Thursday.

“The Arya Sasol cracker shutdown has been postponed due to delays in restarting Marun Petrochemical’s cracker,” he said.

Marun operates a 1.1m tonne/year cracker at Bandar Imam, which was taken off line in early June for machinery checks.

The facility was now expected to restart after 20 June and the Arya Sasol cracker would be taken off line after that, he said.

He added that Marun’s derivative units were also shut due to delays in restarting the cracker, which was earlier scheduled to resume operations in mid-June.

He did not provide further details.

The Marun complex houses a 300,000 tonne/year high density polyethylene (PE) plant, a 300,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) unit and a 400,000 tonne/year monoethylene glycol (MEG) facility.

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