Williams completes maintenance at Louisiana cracker

04 December 2010 00:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Williams has restarted its Geismar cracker in Louisiana, which was off line for planned maintenance, a company spokesperson said on Friday.

The 612,000 tonne/year unit was shut down on 5 November for a turnaround that had been originally expected to last only six-10 days, but was eventually extended.

The longer-than expected shutdown forced Williams to declare force majeure (FM) on olefins in mid-November.

It was unclear on Friday if the restriction had been lifted.

Other unplanned outages in the US included one of INEOS’ Chocolate Bayou crackers in Texas, which has been down since 1 November as a result of a lightning strike.

The company has two steam crackers at the site with a combined ethylene capacity of 1.8m tonnes/year.

Both units were shut down on 1 November, but INEOS restarted one of the crackers on 19 November. The second unit wasexpected to resume operations in mid-December.

The information could not be verified with INEOS, as the company does not comment on its operations, according to a spokesperson.

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By: William Lemos
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