Eastman shuts down Texas cracker for planned maintenance

18 October 2010 17:05  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical on Monday began to shut down one of its Longview crackers in Texas for planned maintenance, the company said in a public filing.

The 358,000 tonne/year cracker was expected to be offline for about two weeks, the company said.

Eastman has two other crackers in Longview, each with 141,000 tonnes/year of ethylene capacity.

One of those crackers was idled in November 2008, but Eastman plans to restart the unit in early 2011 as a result of improved forecasts for US olefins demand.

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By: William Lemos
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