Iran’s Movarid shuts cracker after Mehr outage - source

11 August 2010 09:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Iran’s Morvarid Petrochemical, a subsidiary of state-owned National Petrochemical Co, shut its 500,000 tonne/year gas cracker at Assaluyeh in July following an outage at a derivative polyethylene (PE) plant at the site, a source close to the company said on Wednesday.

The cracker, also known as Olefins No 5, had been supplying some ethylene to Mehr Petrochemicals’ 300,000 tonne/year high density PE (HDPE) plant but the facility was taken off line in late June due to extruder problems.

“The cracker restart would depend on Mehr,” said the source, adding that the PE plant was expected to resume operations by the end of the month.

The restart date for the cracker had yet to be finalised, he added.

Production at the cracker had not been stable since it came on stream in March this year, according to an earlier ICIS report.

Ethylene from Morvarid would eventually be supplied to Arvand Petrochemical Co’s chlor-alkali complex at Bandar Imam via pipeline when it is started up, the source said, without providing specific dates.

The Arvand vinyls complex includes a 300,000 tonne/year polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant as well as a vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) unit and an ethylene dichloride (EDC) facility, each with a capacity of 340,000 tonnes/year.

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